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Former Troup High standout commits to Kentucky

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

Another former Troup Tiger is headed to the Southeastern Conference.

Joko Willis, who is preparing for his second season at Independence Community College in Kansas, has committed to the University of Kentucky.

Willis, a linebacker, will join Kentucky for the 2021 season, and he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Three other Troup graduates are already on SEC rosters.

Kobe Hudson is a freshman wide receiver at Auburn, Andy Boykin is a freshman defensive lineman at Arkansas, and King Mwikuta is a sophomore linebacker at Alabama.

Willis had a handful of offers to choose from, including one from fellow SEC school Mississippi State.

At Troup, Willis was a versatile player who made all-state teams as a linebacker, and a wide receiver.

In 2017, Willis was one of Troup’s top defensive players from his linebacker position while helping Troup go 9-3.

As a senior in 2018 Willis made the move to offense to fill a need at wide receiver and he caught 39 passes for 869 yards with eight touchdowns.

Willis had a 55-yard touchdown catch in a 20-17 victory over Cairo that propelled Troup into the Class AAAA state semifinals.

Troup finished 12-2 after falling to eventual state-champion Blessed Trinity in the state semifinals.

In announcing his decision on Twitter, Willis said “I am thankful and grateful to everybody who has helped me further my education and football athleticism. I want to thank coach Tanner Glisson and Troup High. I want to thank coach (Kiyoskhi) Harris and the Indy family. With this being said, I would like to announce that I will be furthering my education and football abilities to the University of Kentucky.”