Before the madness that was Thursday Night Football, Kentucky received a 2016 commitment from Lafayette Quarterback Walker Wood. Rated as a three-star dual threat across the board, Wood signed as an athlete and could fit into a number of roles at UK. Let’s break down the new recruit. (Click on the blue links to watch highlights of Wood courtesy of Hudl.com)
So happy to say that I've committed to the University of Kentucky! So blessed to have the best people in my lifeðŸ”µâšªï¸ pic.twitter.com/KDoDf8vn2C
— Walker Wood (@Wood7Walker) October 15, 2015
Name: Walker Wood
24/7 Rating: Three Star QB
Offers From: Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati
Wood is extremely versatile. Lafayette uses him on the ground as much as they do in the air. Wood has the footwork and agility to run the read option with ease at the 6A level. I watched him in person for the first time against Scott County. He showed great touch on his passes and threw the deep ball very well. He is protected by two of the top offensive lineman (Landon Young and JeDrick Wills) and has Wofford-commit Mason Alstatt in the backfield. Even with all these studs on his team, Wood still was the player who stood out to me the most. Wood is extremely mobile and can make great plays on the run (once again, watch the Hudl tape).
Impressed in front of Mark Stoops
The day before the Florida game, Coach Stoops stopped by Lafayette to watch Landon Young and JeDrick Wills along with Wood. The QB went 13/24 for 247 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 143 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Three weeks later, Wood picked up an offer from UK.
Where will he fit in?
He is signed on to be an athlete, meaning he could play a variety of positions when he comes on campus. Wood said he would like to compete for the quarterback position. He will battle against Drew Barker, 2016 QB Gunner Hoak, and 2017 QB Mac Jones in the next couple years. He definitely has the intangibles to compete for the spot. His size would point to him moving in at another position on offense; but it appears he wants to fight for a spot at QB. Time will tell.
Updating the 2017 Class
Wood is the second QB commit for UK in the 2017 class (the first being Jones). It is also a big commitment from inside the state. Wood is the first notable in-state commitment for the 2017 class. Let’s hope Wood can do some recruiting on Wills throughout the next year.
You should go watch Lafayette
The Generals play at Tates Creek this Friday in the final game of the regular season. This would be a great opportunity to watch some future Cats before they move on to the postseason.