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Get ready for Jedrick Wills to break your heart this week


Jedrick Wills is expected to announce his college decision by week’s end and it’s not going to be good news for Big Blue Nation.

The Lafayette product, a five-star offensive tackle, is considering Kentucky and Alabama, and all signs point to the Crimson Tide being the pick. I’d bet my August Taco Bell allowance on it.

Mark Stoops and the Kentucky coaching staff have been all over Wills for a long time, in hopes he will follow Landon Young’s path from the Generals to the Wildcats. However, Wills will look to make his own path (or follow Damien Harris’) by leaving the state to join the best program in college football, a decision fans can’t fault him for making.

Wills opens his senior season of high school Friday night against Paul Laurence Dunbar in a neutral site, non-conference game in Scott County.

Remember, a fall decision means very little in college football recruiting and Kentucky will still pursue him throughout his senior year until that paperwork is signed next February.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

24 Comments for Get ready for Jedrick Wills to break your heart this week

  1. gabeyruth
    11:32 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    bama = porsche

    kentucky = toyota

    here come all the haters and tears of kids who make good decisions and not go to a bottom feeder SEC school

    • leon singleton
      2:19 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

      Why go to a dried up racist town in Alabama when you can play before your family in Lexington. Cops shoot unarmed blacks in Alabama.

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    11:37 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    Football is not like basketball where the choice affects a kid’s future career prospects and going to Miss State instead of UK ends up being a career setback. Any SEC school is exceptional at getting a talented kid into the NFL, even Vandy. If he wants to win a title in college, then he should go to Alabama. It he wants to be a state-wide hero ala Tim Couch, then come to Kentucky. It’s all what he wants, and he will be fine either way.

    • memphis
      12:46 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

      For an offensive tackle, you’re probably not going to be a state-wide hero regardless of where you go. It’s not a sexy position that will get much attention (and what attention it does get is often negative–Swindle and his false starts, etc.).

      Yes, any SEC school can get a kid into the NFL. But Alabama can give him more opportunities for a first round contract. Think of how many scouts give Alabama kids the benefit of the doubt. “He may be a touch slow but he went to Alabama so he’s got to be good.”

      He needs to decide if he wants local fame/recognition now and a slightly smaller chance of national fame/recognition later in going to Kentucky or national fame/recognition now and a greater chance of national fame/recognition later in going to Alabama. Of course, all of this is assuming he lives up to his ranking.

    • Cats Other Paw
      9:57 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

      The truth is Alabama (and Saban) does not equate to an offensive tackle being a first-round draft pick, or even having NFL success. At Alabama, Saban has only had two OT’s he recruited/signed drafted in the first-round (his last first-round OT played for him in 2012, so its been a while). He has had nine total Alabama offensive linemen drafted, however six of them never started a game or are not in the league anymore.

      Saban’s Alabama is a defensive player NFL factory as far as being drafted goes, but as far as NFL impact they have been marginally succesful. Saban’s Alabama offensive players are total busts compared to their college hype. They produce no quarterbacks, their running backs have been busts, no wide receivers (except Amari Cooper), no tight ends, and no offensive lineman outside of Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker.

  3. Mathlete
    11:43 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    At the end of the day, we’re not a football-first group like Bama. Most of the fan base would gleefully trade 20 years of 0-12 seasons for a guaranteed basketball title every 4-5 years.

  4. secrick
    11:51 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    Good luck to this kid,he looks like a jolly good kid.

  5. 3Goggles
    11:57 am August 16, 2016 Permalink

    Just out of curiosity….what is your taco bell allowance?

    • Mathlete
      12:04 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

      probably as much as most people spend on groceries

  6. Ben27
    12:37 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

    You cannot expect many of the top recruits from KY to pick the Cats, until we start winning more games and becoming competitive! Stoops has done everything possible, except winning some big games.

    We need to win at least two games between UofL, Florida, Mississippi State and TN. We can lose to the top 4 teams in the SEC, but we must beat the other 8 to take the next step.

    Stoops needs to have at least 8 years to prove his system and make things work at UK. Otherwise we just start over every 4 years like the last 60 years. We need to be patient for change to occur.

    • Kernel Sanders
      1:08 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

      Stoops has done everything possible except “winning some big games”??? Has he won even one big game? That is not to condemn him, its just a fact. I can’t think of any “big win” in the last 3 years.

      And Stoops needs 8 years?? I understand the logic behind what you say, but there is no way a coach in the SEC is going to get 8 years to make things work. I’m assuming you mean even if he limps along at 5-7 each season for the next 5 seasons. The fans, and more importantly the $$ boosters, will jump ship in droves if he doesn’t win 6 this year. Barnhart won’t be able to keep Stoops if ticket sales, merchandise sales, donations, etc. drop due to mediocrity.

      I’m still hopeful Stoops can turn the corner, but 8 years to prove a system will never happen again. Not at a Power 5 school, and not without a W/L record that is at least trending upward. Barnhart will have a helluva decision to make if Stoops goes 5-7 again this year.

  7. fauxbobknight
    12:58 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

    Its a business decision. Just like its a business decision when basketball players choose UK over whatever other colleges were recruiting them.

  8. Blue Boy
    1:42 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

    With all the upgrades in talent/depth and facilities, if not Stoops then who can get it done at UK?

    • fauxbobknight
      4:56 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

      LOL rich brooks got it done with half the hype that stoops gets.

  9. RealCatsFan
    2:10 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

    Well, for what it’s worth, the school down the road is not on this kid’s radar, so there’s that. But UK is going to have to occasionally lure a top shelf player like this in order to ever turn the corner and compete in the SEC. Of course, that is also a perfect chicken and egg scenario – when UK starts to get recruits like that from the likes of ‘Bama on a semi-regular basis, it will be a sign that they have turned that proverbial corner.

    • secrick
      2:46 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

      Didn’t they get one a few years ago from Bama , Matt Elam.

  10. Tej
    2:28 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

    I wish Jedrick good luck even if he goes to Alabama. I don’t think Coach Stoops has given up yet though. This was just a commitment not a LOI. A bowl game and a good year for UK might make a difference to Jedrick.

  11. ekywildcat
    2:44 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

    I wish him all the best at ‘bama. Seems to be a good kid, at least he hasn’t strung us along like Harris did. Stoops still has time to find a replacement, probably not as good, but that’s the way it goes.

  12. blueboots
    3:12 pm August 16, 2016 Permalink

    Good luck kid! You are from Kentucky we will always love ya!

  13. I don’t blame him if he goes to Bama, but I won’t wish hm the best either. They’re the enemy, so he is too at that point.

  14. Wilfred Smith
    7:55 am August 17, 2016 Permalink

    Just like we expect Petty to leave Alabama and sign with UK, Alabama fans expect Willis to leave Kentucky to sign with the Tide. Same reason too – chance to win SEC and National titles.

  15. GACAT
    7:11 pm August 18, 2016 Permalink

    Kentucky HS football All-Americans are few and far between. Someone of his talent no matter which position he plays should sign with the hometown school with no questions asked. We will never be a proven winner if we cannot sign the KY.HS All-Americans. Show your state loyalty the Hell with Alabama and all the other out of state schools. Be another Landon Young, Drake Jackson, etc.