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A huge recruiting week for Mark Stoops and Kentucky got even bigger Thursday.

Stanley “Boom” Williams, the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the class of 2014, committed to UK during a campus visit Thursday.

Williams, a 5-foot-8, 186-pounder, is considered the No. 96 overall prospect in the class by Rivals.com, ranks him as a four-star prospect.

The addition of Williams gives Kentucky the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the country, according to Rivals. He also becomes the highest-rated prospect in a class that is shaping up to be UK’s best in modern history.

Williams is the fifth player to commit to Kentucky since Sunday, and all of those prospects are considered four-star recruits by at least one of the major services. He’s the 16th overall commitment to UK’s class and the second running back, joining fellow four-star back Mikel Horton.

A native of Bethlehem, Ga., Williams plays for George Walton Academy in a nearby suburb of Atlanta. UK’s main competition for his commitment was Clemson and West Virginia.

UK’s recruiting class of 2014
Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Drew Barker QB 6-3 214 Burlington, Ky. **** **** **** ****
Tymere Dubose DE 6-6 265 Youngstown, Ohio *** *** **
Mike Edwards S 5-11 182 Cincinnati, Ohio *** **** ***
Nico Firios LB 6-1 220 Longwood, Fla. *** **** ***
Ryan Flannigan OLB 6-3 230 Missouri City, Texas *** *** *** ***
Dorian Hendrix LB 5-11 225 Huber Heights, Ohio *** *** ***
Mikel Horton RB 6-1 230 West Chester, Ohio **** *** ***
Jarrett LaRubbio OG 6-5 260 Liberty Township, Ohio *** *** *** ***
Darryl Long TE 6-5 234 Westerville, Ohio *** *** ***
Shyquawn Pullium DB 6-1 190 Erie, Pa. *** *** **
Thaddeus Snodgrass WR 6-1 184 Springfield, Ohio **** **** **** ***
Jared Tucker DB 5-11 160 Stone Mountain, Ga. *** *** ***
Kobie Walker LB 6-4 198 Olney, Md. *** *** ***
Denzel Ware DE 6-1 241 Crestview, Fla. *** **** **** ****
Darius West S 5-11 196 Lima, Ohio **** **** **** ****
Boom Williams RB 5-8 186 Bethlehem, Ga. **** *** **** ***


*-Williams is considered the No. 96 overall player in the class according to Rivals.
*-Barker is considered the No. 117 overall player in the class according to Rivals, No. 109 according to Scout, No. 141 according to ESPN and No. 111 according to 24/7 Sports.
*-Horton is considered the No. 131 overall player in the class according to Rivals.
*-West is considered the No. 185 overall player in the class according to Rivals and No. 202 according to Scout.
*-Snodgrass is considered the No. 205 overall player in the class according to Rivals and No. 204 according to Scout.
*-Ware is considered the No. 198 overall player in the class according to Scout, No. 80 according to ESPN and No. 45 according to 24/7 Sports.
*-Edwards is considered the No. 233 overall player in the class according to Scout.
*-Rankings for Flannigan date back to class of 2012.
*-Rankings for Pullium date back to class of 2010.
Note: ESPN has not yet assigned star rankings to most players outside the Top 150.

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