Kentucky will be looking to replace senior Micah Johnson after this year. Obviously replacing a player of Johnson's caliber won't be easy, but one player who could lighten the load is Milan (Tn.) High School linebacker Avery Williamson. "He's a hard-working young man," said Jeff Morris, Williamson's head coach at Milan.
"He's a very intellegent player. He's physical -- runs the 40 in 4.7 and he's about 220 pounds," said Morris.
Physically Williamson is a specimen but aside from his college ready physique, he has another major strength. "His hitting is his best attribute. He can be a one man wrecking-crew on kickoff coverage," said Morris.
Williamson lead Milan to a 14-1 record last year and an appearance in the state championship game against a foe familiar to Kentucky fans: Alcoa High, the alma mater of Randall Cobb and Kyrus Lanxter.
Against Alcoa, Williamson set a state championship game record with 23 tackles. "He was MVP of the Blue Cross Bowl," said Morris. Williamson for the season gained 119 tackles an seven sacks. He also had an eye-opening 21 tackles for loss.
"He's looking at Kentucky and Vandy," said Morris. "But he's keeping an open mind. I kind of stay out of (his recruiting). I know he's going to visit Kentucky and Vandy early in the year," said Morris.