Football

JaiWilliams

  • position Outside Linebacker
  • height 6-5
  • Weight 215
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Lake Forest, Ill.
  • High school Lake Forest

2021 – Freshman

  • 2020-21 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Practiced with the team

High School

  • Two-year starter for head coach Chuck Spagnoli
  • A two-way player who lined up at linebacker and tight end and was a member of all four special teams units
  • Lake Forest’s 2020 season was postponed to the Spring of 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Voted a senior co-captain
  • As a junior, helped Lake Forest finish 7-5 and reach the Class 6A state quarterfinals
  • Earned All-North Suburban Conference honors as a junior
  • Selected to play in the 2019 Illinois High School All-Star Shrine football game in Bloomington
  • Also on the wrestling and rugby teams at LFHS
  • Three-time All-State wrestler (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Chose Kentucky over Tennessee and Western Michigan

Personal

  • Name is pronounced “Ji”
  • Born in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Son of Joi Artis and James Williams
  • Dad, James, also known as “Big Cat,” played 12 seasons (1991-2003), mostly as an offensive tackle, with the Chicago Bears and is known as one of the “100 Greatest Bears of All-Time”
  • Has one younger sister, Jia
  • Major is architecture

Jai Says

  • He chose Kentucky because of its architecture program and top-tier football program
  • Other than play in the NFL, his dream job is to be an architect
  • Besides playing football, he’s also good at dodge ball and snowboarding
  • If he could have dinner with three famous people, living or dead, he would choose Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Bob Marley
  • The best advice he’s ever received is “bet on yourself”
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