FRANKFORT, Ky. – It was a long and winding road, but it still led Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin County 4-star wide receiver Ryan Timmons 30 miles down the road to Lexington.
Timmons: "Being wanted and being needed are two different things. It's better to be wanted."
After being recruited by two different Kentucky staffs and receiving late scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State and Florida, Timmons chose UK during an announcement at his school Tuesday afternoon.
"Next year I will be playing at the University of Kentucky," Timmons announced before a packed Franklin County gym full of both students and media.
Afterward, Timmons said he didn't know until Monday night and didn't call Mark Stoops to let him know until Tuesday morning and the excitement was palpable.
"He yelled actually," Timmons said. "I could hear coach [Neal] Brown in the background yelling."
While he wasn't really considering Kentucky under the previous coaching staff, Timmons says the new staff made him feel like a priority from day one when new defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot visited his house shortly after he was hired.
"Being wanted and being needed are two different things. It's better to be wanted," Timmons said. "It just shows how much they care. They could have went to any players house. They sent coach Eliot to talk to me."
Timmons says he was also more attracted to helping build something at UK versus the tradition of other institutions.
"It would mean more to me to help build something," Timmons said. "It will give me a challenge to improve and win an SEC championship. I want that challenge."
Another big selling point for the Wildcats was Brown's 'Air Raid' offense, something Timmons is more than familiar with.
"I've been running that offense since the seventh grade," Timmons said. "[They see me as at] slot receiver, inside guy. Really just a playmaker. Coach Brown wants me to score touchdowns and score points. He wants to score every time he gets a chance."
In the end though, it was also very important for Timmons to stay close to his family.
"I'm really close to my family. They've missed one game," Timmons said. "I'm looking forward to them watching me play."
As a senior, Timmons accounted for over 2,300 total yards and 45 touchdowns on just 116 touches.