Lineman commits to Cats

September 14, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

Adding offensive linemen is a recruiting priority for the University of Kentucky, which loses three starters off this year's offensive line to graduation.

The Wildcats added their second high school offensive linemen when 270-pound Gary Williams of Louisville Seneca decided Thursday night to make a verbal commitment to Kentucky.

He had delayed a decision on his college choice while waiting to see if Louisville would offer a scholarship. Since the Cardinals have yet to offer, he decided not to wait any longer after making a recent unofficial visit to Kentucky when the Cats hosted Louisville.

"My mother always said she would be a Kentucky fan if I went there," Williams said. "My father is a big Kentucky fan. Most of my family is. But they will get used to wearing that Kentucky shirt. I just felt like that was going to be the best place for me."


Miller, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds, also attended UK's summer camp.

He is the second in-state offensive lineman to commit to the Wildcats. Earlier Aaron Miller of East Carter announced he would sign with UK in February.

The Cats are also pursuing the state's top-ranked offensive lineman, Micah Jones of Mayfield. He is regarded as one of the nation's top linemen.

Kentucky now has 10 verbal commitments, including six from in-state players, for its 2004 recruiting class.

"We have to sign between 15 and 20 quality players for next year," Kentucky recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips said. "We like the way things are going, but we have a lot of work left to do."

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