Jay Wilmott had opportunities to play for Robert Morris, Kentucky State, Morehead State, Tennessee-Martin and several other schools, including Purdue and Buffalo. But he has chosen to cast his lot and walk-on at Kentucky.
"It just felt like the place to be," said Wilmott. "The coaches have been real up-front about things. They were one of the first ones to start recruiting me. I feel like it's a place I could have a lot of success at, but mainly it's the University of Kentucky. I grew up watching them. I've always been a fan and now I get to play in the SEC. It doesn't get any better than that," Wilmott finished.
Wilmott, 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, has been an excellent kicker for Scott County for the last few years and he feels like he had an excellent final season.
"I felt like I did great this year. Before the season I think I was seen as more of a kicker than a punter, but this year one of my strengths was my punting. I think I showed a lot of versatility in that I can do both, "he said.
Scott County posted a 10-3 record this season, reaching the state semi-finals with the help of their all-state kicker. Wilmott feels like he brings several factors to the table for UK as a kicker.
"I'm tough. I try to kick with a chip on my shoulder towards the other team. I try and hurt their chances of scoring as much as I can. I also try to play smart. I guess I'm more of a balanced player," he continued.
Wilmott has a strong leg and he believes that with consistency he will be an even better player.
"My strength is my strength. I feel like I can hit some really good ball and I feel like when I'm doing that, my team has a good chance to win," he said. "I want to improve my overall consistency. I know I can hit great kickoffs and huge punts but every now and I think I hit a not so great one," he said. "I want to be able to perform at a high level at all times."
Now that recruiting is over for Wilmott, he's ready to get started preparing for his career at Kentucky.
"I'm glad it's done. It was very stressful and I felt like it took away from some stuff. Now that it's over I feel like I can focus totally on my kicking and punting and not have worries. Now it's time to get to work," he finished.
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