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Terry “Touchdown” Wilson sensed that Kentucky “is ready to go”

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)


Terry “Touchdown” Wilson became a recruiting priority for Kentucky after Georgia four-star quarterback Jarren Williams pulled out of his commitment to UK for a second time.

The junior college quarterback admitted he felt a “great vibe” with the UK coaching staff after his official visit. He signed with Kentucky and came out of spring practice still locked in a battle with redshirt sophomore Gunnar Hoak for the starting quarterback position.

“Getting the opportunity to play with guys on this team was a big thing. It doesn’t get any better than playing in the SEC, so that really caught my interest,” Wilson said.

When he signed with Kentucky, he thought former starter Drew Barker would be back. He knew starter Stephen Johnson would graduate but he didn’t know Barker would give up football due to a back injury.

“I want to do big things and help Kentucky get to the next level,” Wilson said. “I really didn’t know that much about Kentucky football when they started recruiting me. I knew more about Kentucky basketball. But when I watched the football team last year. They just had a few close games they lost. They were that close to winning a lot more games. I saw them progress and now I can help.”

He liked Kentucky’s facilities. But he was not looking at “flashy stuff” to pick where he wanted to play. He had the glamour and glitz at Oregon for one year before transferring to a junior college. He was looking for the best fit with the best players around him and found that at UK.

“You have got to have players to win games,” Wilson said. “What I sensed is that Kentucky is ready to go. They are so close. I want to be that factor in helping them get to that promised land. I’ve seen guys on this team that can go. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder to work hard every day, and these guys here are the same way.”

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