Kentucky Football Notebook: Williams Signs With `Cats

June 9, 2001

Mike Williams, a defensive back from Tallahassee, Fla., has signed with the University of Kentucky, Coach Guy Morriss has announced.

The 5-11, 185-pound Williams was an all-district performer covering all six classifications at Godby High School. He also is an outstanding performer in track, advancing to the state meet in the triple jump and long jump. He becomes the 24th player in the 2001 recruiting class, including the seventh player that Morriss has obtained since signing day on Feb. 7.

"(Assistant) Coach (Rick) Smith became aware that Mike had become available," Morriss said. "We got a great recommendation from his high school coach and we liked what we saw on film. Mike runs well and he hits people when he gets there. We're happy to have him."

Here is a biography on Williams:

Mike Williams, Defensive Back
5-11, 185, Fr-HS, Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby)
Defensive back prospect with remarkable athletic ability ... Three-year letterman and two-year starter for Godby HS in Tallahassee, Fla. ... Helped lead Godby to Class AAAA state playoff appearances following his junior and senior seasons ... Won the district championship as a senior ... Played linebacker, strong safety, and special teams ... First-team all-district as a senior, a selection which included all six Florida classifications ... Honorable mention All-Big Bend area ... Senior year statistics featured 99 tackles, 4.5 quarterback sacks, three caused fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and five pass breakups ... Also won the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Player of the Week Award ... "Mike is an exceptional athlete who can run, jump, and hit," said Godby Coach Shelton Crews. "Kentucky is getting a hidden gem, a diamond in the rough." ... Four-year letterman in track ... Has excellent accomplishments in the jump events ... Went to the state meet in the triple jump as a senior (third place) and as a sophomore (eighth place) ... Best triple jump is 47 feet, one inch ... Qualified for the state his senior year in the long jump and has a best leap of 22 feet, seven inches ... Also competed in the high jump, with a personal best of six feet, four inches.