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2021 Linebacker Flips Commitment from Kentucky to Minnesota

Kentucky’s first 2021 football commitment has decided to Row the Boat.

Ohio linebacker Devon Williams announced Friday morning that he has flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Minnesota.


The Dublin (Oh.) Coffman High School prospect is a three-star recruit, ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 29 outside linebacker in the 2021 class. He committed to Kentucky on Jan. 27, just about a week before his talented teammate, 2020 all-purpose back Michael “Donut” Drennen, pledged his allegiance to the Wildcats.

Williams will not be the first, or last, early commitment to waver. If Williams played a part, even a small one, in landing Drennen, then his contributions to the University of Kentucky will be significant for years to come.

Without Williams the Wildcats’ 2021 recruiting class is down to three commitments — Ohio offensive linemen Paul Rodriguez and David Wohlabaugh, and Somerset quarterback Kaiya Sheron.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

16 Comments for 2021 Linebacker Flips Commitment from Kentucky to Minnesota

  1. KYCat4EVER
    12:31 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    LOL… Mr Williams? All the best too you!

    Next man up…


  2. Boro Boy
    12:39 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    Minnesota ??? ???

    • bkeith75
      12:49 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

      PJ Fleck is building a nice program at Minnesota similarly to how coach Stoops has built Kentucky. Fleck is young, relates well with the kids and a hard worker. I don’t like losing any recruit but losing one to Minnesota is not as questionable as it used to be.

    • mashburnfan1
      9:15 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

      Fleck is really good plus he won’t have to play vs a much tougher conference.

  3. Boro Boy
    12:39 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink


  4. bluebew
    12:41 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    Yawn….mmm, what? A football de-commitment? Wait, let me put on my shocked face….

    • mashburnfan1
      9:20 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

      We never had this problem before Stoops and staff. Is a GREAT problem to have. Before Stoops we were the players best offer, most major programs did not want kids we got, we best Marshall, Ohio U and Rutgers type schools for players. Now we get players most programs want so naturally you will lose some. This has happened in college football for years, we at UK just never had the problem. The elite schools lose commits on signing day, we will be there soon

  5. Ben27
    12:49 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    Why Minnesota? I can see losing to Ohio State or Michigan, but there has to be a story behind this one!

  6. kentuckybackupplayer
    2:16 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    maybe he wanted to play in a lesser conference. but one thing he gained is being in the conference that is first for worst winter. have a cold one bruh.

  7. Dark Soul
    4:46 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    He didnt want the competition. I’m not worried about our defense. He wouldve been buried on the depth chart

  8. BigBluSoTru
    4:46 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    Screw him we don’t need a three star in our program all he will do is bring down our FB program talent ;level. We are a blue blood school now in FB with Stoops . We recruit head to head with Ohio St. Bama , Lsu now he looked at the elite 5 and 4 stars that we only sign now and knew he had no chance of ever seeing the field. Go Big Blue

    • Cletis75
      5:01 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

      Quit trolling

    • notFromhere
      4:25 pm April 19, 2020 Permalink

      Would like to see him play at UK, but we’ll find great players to fill up the scholarships.

      There has to be something more to it, anyway. Strange that a kid would flip during a recruiting dead period. Someone was working on him awful hard for him to flip when “no activity” has been mandated.

      It will be an easier schedule there than at UK, though. No question. Other than that, Minnesota isn’t what he thinks it is. He’s gonna wake up one day and think “wtf did I do” but will be too embarrassed to call Stoops and company to get back on board.

      It’ll suck to be in MN for half a year every year, when he could’ve been here enjoying a warmer climate, better competition, and better accomodations. Knowing MN well, no way I would’ve made that choice without some big cash, but I’m not a college bound athlete with my choice of schools calling

  9. Jesus H. Chrysler
    6:58 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    That kid ain’t gonna “Row the Boat” in LexVegas anyway

  10. bbn606
    8:33 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t know if it’s a good thing or bad thing but a linebacker and a couple more positions will be sitting for 3 years if they come to UK right now. I suppose that’s the position we want to be in.

  11. JASUN74
    9:30 pm April 17, 2020 Permalink

    Good luck young man. Keep working hard.