Kentucky running backs coach Chad Scott likes Georgia star Stanley “Boom” Williams, who will arrive at UK in June.
“Boom is explosive. He is zero to 60 (miles per hour) right now and he has that ability to make something happen. He is the kind of kid that you just have to find the way to get the ball in his hands whether run, pass or return game. He brings the home run ability and kind of speed that defensive coordinators have to look out for,” Scott said.
The 5-9, 190-pound Williams, ranked as the eighth best player in Georgia by Rivals.com and the 16th-best running back in the nation by ESPN.com, rushed for 1,416 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior and 1,948 yards and 24 scores as a junior. He had offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
“So many positives are going on at Kentucky,” Williams said. “The offense is real explosive, or will be. There are going to be a lot of great players on campus. I think there will be a lot of playmakers on the team in the class of 2014 that will make the offense more dangerous, more explosive. We will take more shots down the field. I think the overall offense will be very explosive. Once we get all the guys in and start making plays, the offense will get rolling.
“Myself, I don’t want to be the big guy on campus. I just want to be part of the team and help the team win. I want to compete and make everybody better. If I don’t get the starting job, then I want to be in the rotation so I can make plays. We’ll have a lot of options on offense. Coach Brown can move JoJo (Kemp) and Ryan (Timmons) around. Wherever they want to put me, I will look to make plays and put the team in the best position to score. I just want to win.”
Williams has been working on his receiving skills in case he’s needed to play on the perimeter more like Timmons did last season as a true freshman.
“I work on my footwork every day. I work on all aspects of my game, but I really work on catching the ball,” Williams said.