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UK gaining momentum with a pair of 4-star recruits

Kentucky may beat Alabama and Penn State for a pair of highly-touted recruits.

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The Kentucky Wildcats’ 2020 recruiting class is already one of the best in program history, and it may be getting better very soon.

The Cats are trending heavily for a 4-star prospect that they are fighting college football elites Alabama, Florida and LSU for in safety Joel Williams.

Over the last week, Kentucky has picked up several predictions at Rivals and 247 Sports for Williams. Previously, Alabama was the heavy favorite for. But after getting 10-straight predictions at Rivals, the Cats are tied with the Crimson Tide for Williams. The Wildcats also now lead the 247 projections with 56% with the Tide checking in at 11%.

Williams is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he is rated as the 15th best player from the Pelican State and 25th best safety in the nation, according to Rivals.

Landing Williams would be a huge get for Kentucky as he could potentially fight for playing time as soon as next season. And with Davonte Robinson (injury), Kelvin Joseph (eligible after transferring) and most of the current secondary returning while senior Jordan Griffin is the only expected departure, that secondary could be one of the best the program has ever seen, and that’s saying something after how loaded it was in 2018.

Williams will make his decision on December 17th and choose between Alabama, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Kentucky.

Another highly-touted prospect that Kentucky is picking up steam with is RJ Adams. The 4-star offensive guard was previously committed to Penn State but decommitted following a September official visit to Kentucky. He just unofficially visited Kentucky this past weekend, and the most recent Rivals and 247 predictions are for the Wildcats.

Adams recently announced his top eight and set a decision date for December 18th. His list includes Penn State, Miami, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, NC State and Kentucky. He’s the fourth-best recruit from Virginia and the 12th-best offensive guard nationally via Rivals.

Adding both Adams and Williams would all but assure Kentucky finishes the 2020 cycle with a top-25 recruiting class, as Mark Stoops and his staff looked poised to continue pushing this programs to levels the Big Blue Nation could only dream of.