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Miami Hurricanes 2018 Recruit Notebook: QB Jarren Williams

A talented and polished passer with athleticism to boot, QB Jarren Williams is a welcomed addition to the Canes’ roster.

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In this installment of the Recruit Notebook, we meet one of the most important, and talented, players in Miami’s 2018 recruiting class: QB Jarren Williams.

Bio

One of the biggest recruiting rules is “you have to have a QB every class”, and for Miami, the quest to get that QB, and the path of that QB to Coral Gables, was a long and arduous one.

The Canes held a commitment from 4-star Artur Sitkowski for the majority of this cycle, but he is a player with build and potential more than demonstrable skill at this point. After being benched at powerhouse IMG Academy, Miami and Sitkowski parted ways (you can debate who precipitated that action), and the player committed to his home state school: Rutgers.

Enter, Jarren Williams.

A 3-star rated player through his sophomore and junior years, Williams started to showcase top talent on the camp circuit following his junior season. After receiving little recruiting interest, Williams committed to the most prestigious team to offer him and build an early connection with him: the Kentucky Wildcats. Williams was committed there through his junior season, then decommitted from the Wildcats, only to recommit there ahead of his senior season.

Over the course of summer 2017, Williams continued to showcase his skills. He was selected to the Elite 11 QB camp, and also participated in Nike’s The Opening, an elite recruit showcase camp. At this camp, Williams played on the same 7v7 team as several Miami commits, including RB Lorenzo Lingard, WR Mark Pope, and TE Brevin Jordan, among many others. It was that week in Oregon that begin to lay the foundation for Williams’ eventual commitment to Miami, as further detailed by David Wilson of Diehards.com

Miami wasted no time after separating from Sitkowski in pursuing Williams, as QB coach Jon Richt was at Williams’ last HS game the very next day to visit the talented QB and get him to book an official visit to Coral Gables.

Williams’ visit to Coral Gables couldn’t have been better. He visited for Notre Dame week, which included a trip to ESPN’s College GameDay as it was broadcast live from UM’s Coral Gables campus, meetings, talks, and a first-hand view of Miami’s laying a 41-8 ass whoopin’ on the then-3rd ranked Irish.

Williams enjoyed the game greatly, so much so that he took “Kentucky commit” out of his twitter bio during the 1st quarter of Miami’s epic win. upon his return home to Lawrenceville, GA, Williams officially decommitted from Kentucky, and it was only a matter of time until he committed to Miami. Williams took an official visit to Ohio State, then canceled his final OV to Auburn because his decision had been made.

Williams ended the suspense by committing to Miami on December 6th.

Recruiting Ranking

Williams is a top tier talent, who has taken major steps forward in his development over the last year, and is one of the highest rated players in Miami’s 2018 recruiting class. On the 247sports composite, Williams is a 4-star prospect, the #7 Dual Threat QB in this class, #15 in the State of Georgia, and #113 recruit overall.

Williams committed to Miami over Auburn and Ohio State and a list of 25 other scholarship offers from around the country.

Williams as a player

Williams is a very good player who accumulated huge stats in his HS career. He ended his prep career with 7283 yards passing on 56.6% completions, with 68 TDs and 18 INTs. Williams added 1292 yards and 22 TDs rushing in his HS career, a clear testament to his athleticism.

As you see from the stats, Williams is a dangerous player as a passer and as a runner. He’s not the fastest player at QB, but his ability to move and extend plays has paid off in many instances to this point of his football career.

Strengths:

  • Pocket presence
  • Anticipation
  • Physical development

Weaknesses

  • Average arm strength
  • Transitioning to college game

2018 outlook

It is no secret that the Miami Hurricanes would benefit from more consistent play at the QB position (see the Pitt and Clemson games for proof of that fact). With that being the case, there could be a chance for Williams, an early enrollee, to make a case for playing time as a freshman.

Williams joins a QB group with returning starter Malik Rosier and redshirt freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon. As stated, Williams will enroll at Miami in January, and will participate in spring practice. That additional time working in the program and learning the Canes’ system could help him make a case for himself to play right away.

Chances for a Redshirt: 9/10

Not only is Williams coming in behind Mark Richt’s hand picked #1 QB recruit from 2017 — N’Kosi Perry — but current starter Malik Rosier also returns for the Canes. Passing one of those players on the depth chart would be a major win for Williams, but even that would probably still have him redshirt, because why not?

It is the rare true freshman who comes into a position group at QB such as Miami has with a player whose starting record is 11-2 and a couple other very talented players and vaults to the top. It’s way too early to think that Williams ascends to the QB1 spot right away, but stranger things have happened.


That’s it for this installment of the Recruit Notebook.

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