Jay Boulware wastes no time making his first big splash as Kentucky's new running back's coach. Jamarion Wilcox, 2023 running back and 4 star recruit, announces that he has committed to play for Kentucky.
The highly touted tailback is ranked as the 8th best overall player in Georgia and the 9th best running back in the country for the 2023 recruiting class according to Rivals. He stands in at 5'10" 195 lbs and is one of the most explosive backs in all of high school. Despite not having the most physically imposing frame (yet), he is a threat to break out a huge run every time he touches the ball due to his explosiveness in the open field and unwillingness to be tackles unless being brought down by multiple defenders at a time. He posted over 2000 rushing yards and 30 total touchdowns in his senior season playing in a tough Georgia 6A division.
The significance of this win for Mark Stoops and Jay Boulware on the recruiting trail cannot be stated enough. This is a head-to-head recruiting win over Clemson, a team consistently at the top of national recruiting rankings, as Wilcox was their top want at running back as well. Even Auburn attempted to make a push at the end of the recruitment, always being a threat with NIL. However, the Cats once again beat out their SEC foes for Wilcox, after transfer quarterback Devin Leary picked Kentucky over Auburn as well.
One of the reasons Jay Boulware was brought in as the new running back's coach at Kentucky to replace John Settle was to get a boost on the recruiting trail. While Settle had no problem working with the running backs, he wasn't able to get any onto campus. Kaden Moorman and Khalifa Keith were both at one point commitments to the Kentucky backfield, but both have since decommitted including Keith flipping to SEC rival Tennessee, leaving Kentucky's 2023 recruiting class without a running back. However, Boulware is already making a huge impact after being hired. Wilcox was scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn, but instead he hosted Boulware for an official in-home visit where both were pictured rocking Kentucky gear.
Following seven straight seasons of running back excellence with Benny Snell and Chris Rodriguez Jr, the future of Kentucky running backs appears to be in good hands with Jamarion Wilcox and Jay Boulware.