There are several area players who dream of an opportunity to play for their hometown Kentucky Wildcats. Most of them don’t get that opportunity, but Henry Clay’s Jerry Williams will get his shot.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete will walk-on at Kentucky this year after considering several other options to play football and go to school.
“I was considering Louisville, Murray State, Georgetown, Carson-Newman, Indianapolis, Southern Illinois and a host of other schools,” said Williams.
Williams started off the season playing quarterback for Henry Clay, but moved to wide receiver after an injury sidelined him. He rushed for 532 yards and six touchdowns. He threw for 828 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught 14 passes for 117 yards and another touchdown.
Defensively Williams had three picks, three passes broken up and a score on an interception return.
He’ll use that same versatility at Kentucky.
“My position will be athlete. The coaching staff can see me playing many positions on the field,” said Williams. “I’m hoping to make a huge impact with my skill set, knowledge and athleticism. I have the drive, the dedication and the motivation to learn and become the best I can be,” said Williams.
Williams felt good about the Wildcats all along and felt more comfortable with his hometown program.
“I grew up watching Kentucky football and I’ve always wanted to play there. They also have a great engineering program,” said Williams. “When visiting different colleges, I just didn’t get that vibe I had with Kentucky,” he said.
The UK staff was excited about this addition to the team as well.
“The coaching staff loved it when I told them I was coming,” said Williams. “Coach (Chuck) Smith said he’s really excited that I chose the Cats and knows I’ll be a great asset to Kentucky,” he finished.
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