LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky lost out on its biggest in-state prospect when Lexington’s own Jedrick Wills announced his commitment via a Bleacher Report video Tuesday afternoon.
In the video, Wills tries on a Tennessee suit, then a Notre Dame suit, but his family and friends on the couch shake their heads. Wills wears a Kentucky suit next, and while there seems to be more hesitation, everyone cheers as he comes out in a suit with Alabama logos inside the jacket.
It’s a big blow for coach Mark Stoops and staff with the already small amount of in-state prospects Kentucky is targeting. Wills is ranked a 5-star offensive line prospect by Rivals and a 4-star recruit by 247sports.
Wills, who preps at Lafayette High School, two miles from Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium, made several visits to see the Wildcats. He was at Kentucky’s last home game against Georgia. The Wildcats lost on a last second field goal, but Wills told SEC Country he was impressed by the atmosphere and Kentucky’s newfound success.
“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.”
But no comparison can be made to No. 1 Alabama.
“Who wouldn’t want to go be a part of a program like that?” his coach, Eric Shaw, told SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner. “He has made some visits there and he really likes the atmosphere there. He likes their tradition of success, so that’s why he’s interested in them. Academically, the school meets his needs, too.”
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— Jedrick Wills ii® (@JWills73) November 15, 2016