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YAHTZEE! Four-Star Louisiana Defensive Back Joel Williams Commits to Kentucky

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Another talented defensive back from the bayou is bound for the Bluegrass.

Joel Williams, a four-star cornerback from Baton Rouge, announced he will join Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class. A one-time Florida commit, Williams picked UK over the Gators, Tennessee, LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Auburn.

Williams is the third player Michael Smith has recruited from the state of Louisiana to Kentucky, following quarterback Amani Gilmore and cornerback Kelvin Joseph, an LSU transfer from Baton Rouge. Williams’ older cousin, Kristian Fulton, recorded 12 pass break-ups in 2019 for LSU, the third-highest mark in the SEC this fall.

A four-star recruit by every recruiting service, Rivals ranks Williams as the No. 26 safety in the class, where 247 puts him in the “athlete” category at No. 19. The “athlete” desription suits Williams well. He first became a big name on the recruiting scene as a cornerback. In 2019 he moved back to safety and excelled playing centerfield on a talented Madison Prep defense that also featured Top 200 defensive back prospect Major Burns. Williams also got plenty of reps in on offense, scoring touchdowns from the inside and outside wide receiver positions.

Despite losing five seniors after the 2018 season, Mark Stoops’ secondary ranks fourth nationally in pass defense. By adding an athlete like Williams into the mix, the fourth defensive back in the 2020 class, Kentucky’s secondary isn’t falling off the map anytime soon.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

17 Comments for YAHTZEE! Four-Star Louisiana Defensive Back Joel Williams Commits to Kentucky



  1. UKInsider
    3:07 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Amazing and great coverage by the doughnut man, Nick Roush. What’s holding up with the Davis paperwork? Is his family trying to fax a piece of paper from Kinko’s? Time for Drennen to call Lexington his college home!

    Shout out to Boomer and Settles.



  2. EastKYCAT
    3:07 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    This is a huge get for us! I am super blessed with how we maintained and even snatched prime, yes, PRIME interior linemen for Defense. This guy is icing on the cake. Watching his film he has explosive speed and power. With the rest of the Secondary showing this man the ropes he will be deadly in the next year and a half. Watch out football world we coming for ya in the playoffs.



  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    3:12 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Yes sir!



  4. notFromhere
    3:15 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Better than xmas! By a LONGshot!



  5. Heavy C
    3:16 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    WOW…….Just WOW



  6. dave1964
    3:24 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    WOW just keeps getting better amazing what this staff has done on the recruiting this year.



  7. ky1988
    3:29 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Two more to go.



  8. thenamerobdigity
    3:32 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    According to my calculations. With Williams signature, it puts UK’s recruiting class up to # 16 on Rivals. If we added Drennen and Tisdale, that would put us at # 7.

    Williams is worth 105, Tisdale 75, and Drennan 114 (Drenan gets bonus points for being in the top 250 overall. Add those to the 1,992 points we already have.

    2,286 total.

    I got this info by going to rivals.com , clicked the drop down to Football Team rankings FAQ, and did their formula.



    • UKInsider
      3:39 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

      Nice find. I still think we will have a few more spots with the departures of some transfers.



    • WKY Cat
      5:26 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

      With Williams, Rivals has us #19.



  9. ScoggDog
    4:27 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    When you look at the quality of players – this is a Top 10 class. Unbelievable.



  10. secrick
    4:36 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    What in the name of the wide wide world of sports is going on?



  11. Jester
    4:39 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll take it. It definitely seems to point to us heading in the right direction.



  12. J. Did
    4:44 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    GO CATS!



  13. BigBogee
    4:56 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    They said we would see the benefit of the 10 win season this recruiting cycle. BAM! Here it is!



  14. 4everUKBlue
    5:18 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Come see about it!