As expected, Franklin County wide receiver Ryan Timmons announced today that he will sign with Kentucky on Wednesday.
Timmons picked Kentucky over Florida, Ohio State and Illinois.
He is rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN.
- They are bringing Timmons into the library here to meet with the media. Stick around for updates and quotes.
- Timmons says, “I’m excited to play for Coach Stoops.”
- Timmons says, “Honestly, I was falling away from Kentucky,” until Mark Stoops was named as coach.
- Timmons says it came down to UK and Florida and that he eliminated Ohio State last week.
- He says he was impressed with new offensive coordinator Neal Brown. “We got along well. He runs that offense that we run here at Franklin County.”
- Said it was “kind of tough” telling Joker Phillips, now assistant at Florida, that he was picking Kentucky. Said he had a relationship with Phillips from his sophomore year.
- Timmons says he enjoyed the process and visiting other schools.
- Timmons said he liked Arkansas and its offense until Bobby Petrino was fired.
- Timmons said he did see the University of Kentucky RV that was in the Franklin County High School parking lot before the announcement.
- On Neal Brown, “We hit it off the first day we talked.”
- Timmons said he did not expect to get emotional during press conference — he did — but was told by Coach Chris Tracy that he would tear up.
- Says that the fact UK will run the same system that Franklin County runs played a big role in his decision.
- Timmons said he did talk to Jeff Badet and JoJo Kemp, who both encouraged him to sign with UK.
- Timmons said Mark Stoops “yelled and screamed” when he told the new UK coach he was coming to Kentucky.
- Timmons said he has talked to Trinity’s Jason Hatcher and will call the defensive end later today to try and convince him to sign with Kentucky.
- “I think the coaching staff that Coach Stoops has put together, they’ve all had success at other schools,” Timmons said.
- Stoops said Brown told him that “he wants to throw the ball and he wants to score.”
- Timmons said that instead of going to a school that was already established, “I want to be a part of building something.”