Kentucky Football’s early enrollees met with the media for the first time. Check out the conversations and learn a little about them below.
Information via UK Athletics
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky welcomes five new Wildcats who have joined the Wildcat football program, Coach Mark Stoops has announced.
Two of the mid-year enrollees are high school standouts who graduated in December – cornerback Stanley Garner and linebacker DeAndre Square.
Punter Max Duffy, a transfer from Curtin University in Perth, Australia and quarterback Terry Wilson, a transfer from Garden City Community College, are both sophomores and will have three years of eligibility left. Cornerback Domonique Williams is a junior college transfer from Highland Community College and he will two years of eligibility remaining.
All five players will go through the off-season workouts and participate in spring practice.
Terry Wilson Jr., Quarterback, 6-3, 205, So-JC, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Garden City CC/Oregon/Del City)
Rated the No. 5 overall junior college player by ESPN … Redshirted the 2016 season at Oregon … Transferred to Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas for the 2017 season … Completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 2,133 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for 518 yards and five touchdowns on 126 carries at Garden City …Named the Jayhawk Offensive Player of the Year … Finished the regular season second in the Jayhawk Conference in passing yards, first in touchdown passes and first in efficiency … Ranked sixth in the nation in touchdown passes … Garden City head coach Jeff Sims said “He’s a dual-threat quarterback that’s very intelligent, dynamic, fast. He’s an accurate thrower” … Completed 154 of 281 passes for 2,406 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior at Del City High School to go along with 709 rushing yards (8.5 avg.) and 11 scores … Threw for 2,856 yards and 24 TDs as a junior, accounting for 14.3 points a game … Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, where he led the West team by completing 10-19 passes for 111 yards and rushed for an additional 46 yards … Also played in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game … Named the Oklahoman’s All-Midlands Region recipient and was chosen to PrepStar Super 30 listing of the state’s top recruits … Ranked as Oklahoma’s No. 2 prospect in the state (Tulsa World and The Oklahoman) coming out of high school … Two-time all-state honorable mention selection … Chose UK over Florida and Nebraska … Will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Max Duffy, Punter, 6-1, 200, So-TR, Perth, Australia (Curtin/Kent Street)
Australian punter who is rated as the No. 1 punting prospect in the class of 2018 by Ray Guy’s ProKicker.com … Averages 48 yards per punt with an average hangtime of 4.42 seconds, according to ProKicker … Grew up playing basketball and soccer, he switched to Australian football at age 15 … Played for Fremantle in the Australian Football League … Has been working with Prokick Australia under the guidance of coaches Nathan Chapman and John Smith … Currently 24 years old, will be age 25 when the 2018 season begins … Will be the second year in a row that an Aussie punter will be on the Wildcat roster, following in the footsteps of former punter Matt Panton … Will have three years of eligibility.
Stanley Garner, Defensive Back, 6-2, 180, Fr-HS, Parkway, Fla. (Dillard)
Four-star recruit by Rivals.com, which evaluates him as the No. 35 cornerback in the nation … All-Broward County selection … Was invited to play in the prestigious Broward County vs. Dade County All-Star Game, but was unable to participate because of his enrollment at UK … Was a standout two-way player, as he also played wide receiver on offense … Coached by Rick Hemingway at Dillard High School … Helped lead Dillard to the district championship … Rejoins former Dillard teammate Jordan Wright at Kentucky … Teammates with fellow signee Bryce Oliver … Entertained dozens of Division I offers, from every Power 5 conference, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and many others.
DeAndre Square, Linebacker, 6-1, 205, Fr-HS, Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech)
A hard-hitting linebacker at powerhouse Cass Tech … Rated a four-star player and No. 20 outside linebacker nationally … Played both sides for head coach Thomas Wilcher … Had 84 tackles and forced four fumbles to help Cass Tech advance to the Division 1 state semifinals as a senior … Named first-team All-State by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press … Played in the Offensive-Defense All-American Bowl in New Orleans, charting eight tackles … Helped his team capture the Division I state title with a perfect 14-0 record in 2016, the first undefeated season in program history … Coach Wilcher said,“He’s fast, quick and tough and would do whatever was asked of him without question and then do it at a high level” …Chose Kentucky after considering LSU, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Cincinnati.
Domonique Williams, Defensive Back, 5-10, 180, Jr-JC, Knoxville, Tenn. (Highland CC/Fulton)
A three-star prospect by 247Sports … Before taking the junior college route, originally signed with Eastern Kentucky out of high school in 2015 when current special teams/outside linebackers coach Dean Hood was the head coach … Played in 11 games in 2017 at Highland Community College (Kansas), recording 29 tackles, three interceptions and four PBUs … Earned All-Conference Honorable Mention by the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) … Totaled 52 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass breakups in 2016 … Coached by Aaron Arnold at Highland and Rob Black at Fulton … Two-time all-state honoree at Fulton High School, helping the Falcons win three 4A state titles … Scored 27 touchdowns as a wide receiver and kick returner, including 12 through the air, seven rushing and eight on kickoff or punt returns … Will have two years of eligibility remaining … Chose Kentucky over Iowa State and Colorado State.