Today, the 2018 Kentucky Football early enrollees talked to the media. Five players of the 2018 recruiting class will compete in their respective positions all spring into summer, which will eventually land us upon football time in the bluegrass. A common theme from today’s presser; they all seem to feel at home here at Kentucky. Some, if not all of these players can make immediate impacts this fall in the blue and white. Max Duffy, Deandre Square, Dom Williams, Stanley Garner and Terry Wilson all took the podium, here is what they had to say.
Duffy is a punter out of Australia, a prototype of what Coach Dean Hood likes in a punter. With his past experience, Duffy will give Coach Hood the option to rugby-style punt the football. This might also bring creative trick plays to the forefront on fourth down situations. Duffy can fill the void of Kentucky’s Aussie punter last season, Matt Panton.
“(Coach Hood) Really good. He’s obviously had a couple of Aussies before, so I think he understands us pretty well… It’s great, I like him, he is going to be really helpful for me.”
Square will enter a loaded, veteran linebacker core at Kentucky, which will make it hard for him to make an immediate impact in his natural position. However, you never know. Square has shown versatility playing different positions on the defensive side of the football, he could make a really good special-teamer in his Freshman season.
“(Coach Clink Recruiting Michigan) He’s persistent. Most coaches in college will talk to you here and there, but he’s persistent, he’ll talk to you every day.”
Williams is coming out of a JuCo, and he could make an immediate impact possibly in the Nickel package defensively. Kendall Randolph leaves a void in that position, and it is unclear who will take over. Williams said he has been learning all three defensive back positions since arrived at UK. (Safety, Corner, Nickel)
“(Playing Against Terry Wilson in JuCo) They beat us though, so he got the last word. But he did try me three times and he didn’t complete one pass, and we blocked a field goal I scored on. Terry my boy, he’s probably who I hang out with most here.”
Garner carries himself like great cornerbacks do. He is long, rangy just like Mark Stoops likes. The corner position is a little overloaded as of right now with Derrick Baity, Lonnie Johnson, Chris Westry and Jordan Griffin, but Garner made it clear that he is coming here for a starting position.
“I just hope the veterans bring they game cause I’m bringing my game. I’m tryin to get on the field any way I can.”
Wilson is the one guy in this class that could be put on the task to become the leader of the offense in his first year at Kentucky. He will be battling Gunnar Hoak for the starting job all spring and eventually into fall. Wilson is a true dual-threat, which will help him tremendously during the position battle.
“My key asset is really just getting the game going. I can run the ball, I can get the ball to the receivers, and you know I feel like my leadership is going to help a lot with keeping guys motivated. I couldn’t tell you what my asset is, you know I just go out there and try to give my all for the team, for my coaches, and do it that way.”