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Name You Need to Know: Jaron Willis

Troy Taormina | USA TODAY Sports

Troy Taormina | USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky is not messing around in the Deep South. The Wildcats are finalists for one of the most talented linebackers in the country. If he’s anything like the other players UK has recruited from South Georgia, Jaron Willis could become a star in Lexington.

A 6-foot-2, 220-pound outside linebacker, Willis calls Leesburg, Ga. home. Last year he shared the field with a Wildcat that arrived on campus this spring, wide receiver Chauncey Magwood. Jon Sumrall has had plenty of success recruiting South Georgia, recently landing Trevin Wallace after South Georgia product Jamin Davis starred for the Wildcats, setting the table for Kentucky to become a finalist for Willis’ services.

Willis recently shrunk his list from ten to six. Even though UK did not make the initial cut, they are one of the final six along with Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida and Florida State, the school he grew up cheering for. He does not have an official visit scheduled, but Willis will likely make his way to Lexington in June.

“Kentucky is one of my top schools too,” Willis told Rivals’ Chad Simmons. “The reason is that they show me a lot of love, and they have shown me what a great opportunity I have to come in a start. Coach Sumrall is my guy, and I like him a lot. He has shown me what they can do for me education wise as well.”

Willis is a consensus four-star prospect and Top 200 player. 247 Sports considers him the eleventh-best OLB and No. 139 player overall, while Rivals pegs him as the 20th OLB and No. 194 player in America. What sets him apart is his ability to make plays in space, whether at linebacker or strong safety. After watching Willis operate, you’ll understand why he’s one of the most talented defenders in America.

Article written by Nick Roush

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