LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jedrick Wills wore a black hat with his blonde pony tail sticking out the back, the words “Just a kid from Lexington” spelled on the front.
His mom sat on one side of him and his coach on the other as teammates crowded the Lafayette High School cafeteria Monday afternoon as Wills was presented his jersey for the Under Armour All-America game on Jan. 1.
Kentucky and a handful of other schools still wonder where the kid from Lexington will play college football. Wills, a left tackle, is ranked a 5-star prospect by Rivals and a 4-star by 247sports. Kentucky, Alabama and Michigan are thought to be the leaders to land Wills.
Wills attended Kentucky’s game against Georgia at Commonwealth Stadium last Saturday. The crowd of 62,507 was the biggest of the season for the Wildcats and Wills was impressed with the atmosphere.
“It was definitely one of the best ones I’ve been to this year out of the UK games I’ve visited,” he told SEC Country. “It felt different. I guess the vibe of playing against another SEC school and getting that big lead on them and everything like that. Tough loss. They didn’t necessarily finish but the environment was definitely special.”
Wills wasn’t ready to share a target date for his commitment. He was set to visit Tennessee on Saturday for its game against Kentucky but said that’s no longer the plan. Wills said he still wants to visit Tennessee before the season is over. The offensive tackle has an official visit set for the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Nov. 26.
“I guess it’s something I want to enjoy rather than take personal and get stressed out about and get too overwhelmed with it,” he said of the recruiting process.
Coach Mark Stoops and staff would love to keep Wills at home like they did with freshman left tackle Landon Young, a former 5-star recruit who used to be a teammate of Wills’ at Lafayette High School. Young has played substantial time for the Wildcats this season and early playing time is what Wills wants as well.
“I believe that’s something I can work toward and definitely accomplish, and something that would also be very special for me to come out of high school and go straight to college and get an opportunity to start also,” he said.
Kentucky had won five of its last six games before the weekend loss to Georgia. The Wildcats are still in contention in the SEC East and look primed to go their first bowl game in Stoops’ tenure. That push toward newfound success is something Wills said the Kentucky coaches have been selling to him.
“They always mention that turnaround they’re waiting for and that they expected for all of us recruits to recognize and see,” Wills said. “It’s definitely in their favor that the season they’re always mentioning to us is happening.”