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.
— Joel Williams? (@sayyjoee) December 19, 2019
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.