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Junior College Linebacker Joko Willis Commits to Kentucky



Kentucky’s 2021 recruiting class just got a little more crowded.

Friday afternoon junior college linebacker Joko Willis announced his commitment to Kentucky. The three-star prospect chose the Wildcats over Mississippi State, Arkansas and Kansas State.

Originally from UK’s former recruiting pipeline in Lagrange, GA, Willis has spent the 2019 season at Independence Community College in Kansas, a school that gained notoriety on Netflix’s Last Chance U. Recruited by Jon Sumrall, Willis’ future position coach, earlier this week he explained to KSR how he competes against SEC schools on the recruiting trail in the Deep South.

Willis fills a hole at a position of need, inside linebacker. Devon Williams, another 2021 linebacker, previously flipped from the Wildcats to Minnesota.

See what the eighth commitment in Kentucky’s 2021 recruiting class is bringing to the table by watching him suplex players on the gridiron.

Kentucky Football 2021 Recruiting Class

Jager BurtonOGLexington, KY6-42704-star, #170, #8 OGMarrow
Dekel Crowdus WRLexington, KY5-101704-star, #44 WRMarrow
Christian Lewis WRPleasant Grove, AL6-31853-star, #69 WRSumrall
La'Vell Wright RBRadcliff, KY5-112053-star, #8 APBMarrow
Jordan Lovett DBRadcliff, KY6-21953-star, #5 KYMarrow
Jordan Dingle TEBowling Green, KY6-42353-star, #3 KYMarrow
Kaiya Sheron QBSomerset, KY6-32003-star, #8 KYHinshaw
Chauncey MagwoodWRLeesburg, GA6-01763-star, #65 WR Sumrall
David Wohlabaugh OTWadsworth, OH6-52773-star, #54 OTMarrow
Paul Rodriguez OLMason, OH6-53103-star, #32 OHMarrow
Martez Thrower ILBRochelle, GA6-22153-star, #41 OLBSumrall
Kahlil Saunders DLHuntsville, AL6-52603-starSumrall
Adrian Huey CBNashville, TN5-10.51603-star, #69 CBClinkscale
Maxwell Hairston CBWest Bloomfield, MI6-11603-star Clinkscale
Jamarius DinkinsSDEColumbus, OH6-52453-star, #32 SDEMarrow
Joko WillisLB (JUCO)Lagrange, GA6-32153-star, #51 LB (HS)Sumrall
Wilson BerryPunterMelbourne, Australia2-star Duffy

Article written by Nick Roush

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

20 Comments for Junior College Linebacker Joko Willis Commits to Kentucky

  1. satcheluk
    3:55 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    Yahtzee! Keep em coming!

  2. csnailnrun
    4:31 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    Welcome Joko!

  3. stringmusic78
    4:47 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    Reminds me of Jordan Jones

  4. Gus Chiggins
    4:50 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    DW is the biggest DB I’ve ever seen

  5. jakew60
    4:54 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    He’s quick for inside backer

  6. UKfanman01
    6:58 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink


  7. cathatter
    7:55 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    JUCO guys are hungry – keep ’em coming!

  8. CombatMedic_98
    9:34 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    One day we’ll have 5-Stars like Georgia, Alabama, TN, LSU…to beat the best you gotta play the best…you can only coach UP so far…God given talent is incomparable…!

  9. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    10:53 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    Say that to Snell, Allen, and Bowden. God you have a way of making Louisville fans look less stupid sometimes.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:55 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

      Meant to reply to always losing as a video game combatmedic.

  10. CombatMedic_98
    12:41 am May 30, 2020 Permalink

    I know that my user name isn’t comparable to yours…but, you see we need a whole TEAM of Snell’s, Allen’s, and Bowden’s to WIN Championships…I mean am I the only KY fan that sees and wants we NEED more than a Bowl Win to compete in the SEC…I mean we are better with three and four stars…GOT IT…! But we need to stack 5-stars heavy and some (Highend 4’s)…! I mean go look at the kids Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Norte Dame, etc. get the TOP RECRUITS…annnnd they WIN Championships…! That’s what I want…we deserve…and will in the future…! Thanks for your “OBVIOUS” opinion…they still didn’t get us to the SEC Championship…!

    • WKY Cat
      10:10 am May 30, 2020 Permalink

      Dude go do some research. Even the blue blood programs aren’t stacked with 5 star players. There’s very few kids in each class rated as a 5 star. Last time I looked GA had the most with around nine 5 stars on their roster. You win with high 3 or 4 stars and develop. 5 star players are great but don’t define a team.

    • CombatMedic_98
      10:19 am May 30, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks Mr. Obvious…@WKY Cat…!

    • WKY Cat
      12:07 pm May 30, 2020 Permalink

      Based on your comment of “but we need to stack 5-stars heavy” it’s not obvious to you. The great thing about KSR is you can’t edit stupid comments.

  11. Ipeeblue
    4:48 am May 30, 2020 Permalink

    Mom says I’m her little 5 star! This basement roof is leaking again!!

  12. Duuuuuude
    7:10 am May 30, 2020 Permalink

    Have we given up on Xavier Peters?

    • peaches76
      9:12 am May 30, 2020 Permalink

      I think the more relevant question is has Xavier Peters given up? Apparently not as committed as necessary to compete in our league. Hope he sees the light and gets on board.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:20 pm May 30, 2020 Permalink

      The PT is there for Xavier Peters if he wants to do what he has to do to take it. If he’s not “getting a chance” with his athleticism, that’s on him. I don’t have any personal knowledge, but from the coaches’ comments, he sounds lazy and undisciplined.

  13. zoupman
    10:09 am May 30, 2020 Permalink

    XP likely not as good as thought. Same people who said Josh Allen was a 2, gave XP 4 stars. These guys don’t really know. Most time they have never even seen the player in person.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:24 pm May 30, 2020 Permalink

      XP is an outstanding athlete and likely put forth the effort during camps, which impressed the scouts. It’s the daily grind he seems to have problems with, and that’s something that Josh Allen embraced. Also, Josh was playing out of position when he was a 2 star.