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Kentucky Football Recruiting: Will Jedrick Wills be first Rivals 5 Star for Mark Stoops?

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Lexington Lafayette and Woodford County high school have been producing a lot of “big ugly” talent lately. First to commit was Lafayette’s Rivals 4* Landon Young way back on June 14. 2013. Then, Woodford County’s 4* Drake Jackson committed on December 13, 2014. Perhaps even better, will be Lafayette’s new 5* Jedrick Wills.

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Jedrick Wills was just bumped up by Rivals as the best OL for the 2017 class and made him a five-star recruit.

Right now, Rivals lists Wills as the 3rd best OL behind 2016 Gregory Little of Texas, and 2016 Detroit Cass Tech Michael Onwenu. Of Rivals top eight offensive linemen, Wills and Wyatt Davis (Bellflower, CA St. John Bosco) are the only 2017 recruits to make the top eight. Check out the Rivals top eight offensive linemen which includes video interviews.

Wills already has an impressive list of offers from Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Florida, Michigan State, Louisville, Army and WKU in addition to Kentucky. 247 Sports projects him as a future Kentucky commit. Wills camped at Notre Dame on June 2nd after he received a Fighting Irish offer on April 30th. Alabama's offensive line coach, Mario Cristobal, made a visit to Lexington on May 18th, and made an offer for the Crimson Tide. I don't think anyone can say with certainty that Wills will commit to Kentucky, but the Cats should have an inside track.

If Wills does commit and sign with the home-town school, imagine this offensive line depth for the 2017 season:

5* Jedrick Wills, 4* Marceyls Jones , 4*Landon Young, 4* Drake Jackson, 4* Nick Richardson, 3* George Asafo-Adjei, 3* Levon Livingston, 3* Logan Stenberg, 3* Mason Wolfe, 3* Kyle Meadows, 3* Ramsey Meyers, 3* Jarrett LaRubbio, 3* Nick Haynes, 3* Luke Fortner, 2* "Bunchy" Stallings, and 2* Calvin Taylor. This doesn't count any other OL committed and signed out of the 2017 class. Plus, Jackson and Young could wind up as Rivals five stars based on their performance at the Rivals camps, and their senior season performance. Jackson is currently at Nike's The Opening. Here's a nice article from SBN's Bud Elliott that gives you everything you need to know about The Opening.

4* Drew Barker (# 7 in the Elite 11) will likely be the starting quarterback and backed up by 3* Gunnar Hoak. Both are 247 Sports 4* players. Rivals 4* "Boom" Williams will likely be one of the top running backs in the SEC as a senior. He'll have help from 3* JoJo Kemp, 4* Mikel Horton, 3* Sihiem King, 3* Asim (AJ) Rose and 3* Benny Snell. By then, 3* DT Jacob Hyde should be very comfortable at fullback.

With this offensive line, Barker will have plenty of targets to throw to. At tight end, 4* C.J. Conrad, 3* Greg Hart, 3* Darryl Long, 3* Tavin Richardson, 3* Justin Rigg, and 3*Dakota Holtzclaw all have the size to block and catch in the short yardage game.

Kentucky will be totally sick at wide receiver for Barker to throw over the top. Let's start with 4* Dorian Baker, 4* Blake Bone, 3* Jeff Badet, 3* Alex Montgomery, 3* Ryan Timmons, 3* Garrett Johnson, 3* Thaddeus Snodgrass, 3* TV Williams, 3* Kayaune Ross, 3* Jabari Greenwood, 3* Zy'Aire Hughes, 3* Therrell Gosier, and  under-rated 2* Will Jackson.

Who knows who will join Wills, if he commits? With a winning record in 2015 and 2016 along with a bowl game or two, Kentucky could very well have a top 10 recruiting rank with Wills leading the way, like Drew Barker/Matt Elam and Drake Jackson/Landon Young before. Jackson has tweeted that UK will take four more commitments at DL, OL DE and LB. Kentucky's primary target for the OL is Rivals 4* JUCO Tate Leavitt who will be visiting this month (July 17th, I think).

It is clear that Mark Stoops, Shannon Dawson, Vince Marrow, John Schlarman, Chad Scott and Tommy Mainord have slowly built an SEC OL and offense. If the prospect of the 2017 season doesn't get you really excited (I mean REALLY excited), at least on offense, you have no sense of the future.  Like the Rolling Stone song says, "Time is on our side" BBN.

I think by the 2017 season, the Cats will have an SEC defense to go along with the SEC offense. That, however, is another story which will be coming soon.