Two-Sport Star Looking Hard at Wildcats

2008 Kentucky Wildcat football recruiting update from Kentucky Sports Report's Rob Gidel. Click inside to read the entire article.

(Quentin Williams Profile)

The University of Kentucky coaching staff are currently hard on the trail of several dual sport athletes.

From Georgia's Xavier Avery, who plays both baseball and football, to Alabama's Corey Heard, who stars at both football and track, the Wildcat coaching staff has made it clear they will accomodate individual players in order to bring the best to Lexington.

Enter Quentin Williams, one of the nation's top tight end prospects out of the state of Pennsylvania, who wants to play college baseball, as much as he is college football.

"I definitely have high interest in Kentucky," Williams said "I really like Coach Bohannon, he's been coming to some of my baseball games. Just from what I've seen from the things they've sent me, the school looks like a great place to play and the SEC is the best conference for baseball."

The Wildcat baseball program, just a year removed from its first SEC Championship in the program's history, has already talked with Coach Brooks and his staff about allowing Williams, ranked in the top 35 at his position, to play football.

"(Coach Bohannon)'s been talking to the football coaches," Williams claimed, "He said that they are probably interested, if I wanted a shot to go there that'd they'd let me play. I'll probably take a visit to Kentucky in the fall. It's a place I'd like to go see for sure."

The commitment of playing both sports is a difficult one that only several players in years prior have successfull made a transition to. Shayne Boyd, who would be drafted out of high school by the Minnesota Twins and later sign a contract to play minor league baseball and later with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, was the latest to claim the feet in Lexington.

"I realize playing both sports is gonna be real tough, that's why it might not be a bad idea to pick a school like Kentucky," Williams said. "Just because the restrictions on what football players can do, is not to the extreme of other places, that may be more into football. Kentucky would probably be a little more lenient."

As a junior, Williams caught 22 passes for 424 yards and 6 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball he added 42.5 tackles, with 13.5 coming for a loss, 8.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries. Williams was named first team All-Conference by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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