Monroe (Ga.) George Walton Academy running back Stanley Williams (5-foot-8, 189) recently took home MVP honors at the Offense-Defense bowl game in Orlando, Florida. He has been using this offseason to prepare for what is ahead of him in Lexington.
"Boom" earned his nickname from the dynamite plays he makes on the football field.
"All I am doing is training this offseason and getting myself ready for what is ahead," Williams told CatsPause.com.
The running back took an official visit to Kentucky in December.
"Just being there was good for me. Just being able to build a relationship with all of those guys [was fun]. Talking with the coaches, they were talking about how they are going to use me," Williams continued, "and what I need to do when I come in to be the best in the SEC. I think we are all hungry and we know what we've got to do. We've got to come ready to work and get this program back on the road."
Williams received a lot of support from the Kentucky fan base on his visit.
"It just shows the loyalty of the fans. It's really just a great opportunity to be back up there and talking to everybody and getting to know new people and just getting to know my teammates and building a better relationship with my future coaches. I think Kentucky has the best fan base in the nation," he explained.
The Georgia native sat down with the Kentucky coaches and discussed what they expect out of him this season.
"I talked with the coaches and they said that they have really high expectations for me. They are going to expect a lot out of me. They say that I am capable of doing a lot. They said that I can be on the field," he continued. "I am going to do my job to prove that they can trust me and that I can be a help to the program and to the team. The ball is in my court. If I come in and do what I got to do--which I am--then I will be ready to play SEC football."
Williams knows what is expected of him. He plans to be ready when he arrives.
"I am going to be ready to go in and take it all. I know it's going to take a lot of hard work. I am just ready to get there and be a part of it. Signing day is coming up so I am excited about that. It's a lot of things that I am looking forward to."
As he mentioned, signing day grows closer by the day. He has experienced ups-and-downs through the process but is excited to finally put the ink to the paper.
"It's just an excitement. First of all, I am definitely blessed to get the opportunity to go play at the college level. All of my hard work these four years have paid off and got me where I want to be. Now, the hard work is about to start again so I can hopefully make it to the next level."
"It's a humbling moment and I can't wait to sign those papers and officially become a UK Wildcat--which I am. Anybody that has any questions or concerns, you won't have any problems. I'm just ready to get up there and help the program."
With so much excitement surrounding the program at this time, it is hard, even for the players, to not get caught up in it.
"The future is definitely bright. We are going to get back on the road and try to make a bowl game. Then, the next years to come we will be one of, if not, the best team in the SEC. We are going to get some SEC titles and then hopefully work for a National Title."
"I want everyone to expect a lot. We are hungry and we are going to come in and compete. We are going to take it game by game. I think we are going to make the best of it because we are hungry and want to win," he concluded.
Williams has received a .8983 rating by the 247sports Composite, which takes in to account rankings from various recruiting outlets. He is considered the nation's No. 6 all-purpose back.
A one-time Georgia commitment, Williams received offers from Florida State, Clemson, LSU and Georgia among several others during the recruiting process.