The Miami Hurricanes’ search for a QB in the 2018 recruiting class came to an end on Wednesday afternoon when 4-star Jarren Williams committed to The U.
I would like to start by thanking the man above, and everyone who has been involved in this process with me. Im glad to say that I’ve finally made my decision!! @Left__Field__ pic.twitter.com/PMnpFSEifO— J D U B (@Jarren2Williams) December 6, 2017
“I’m Jarren Williams; and I’m a Hurricane”
After having a mutual parting of ways with their former QB commit this cycle — 4-star Artur Sitkowski who is physically talented but VERY raw, to say the least — Miami needed to hit a homerun with the player they got to replace him in this class, and they did.
The 6’2” 206lb Lawrenceville, GA native Williams is the kind of player that Miami wants, and needs, to have at QB. He’s got good arm strength, nice accuracy, and good enough athleticism to make plays when the pocket breaks down. Williams is widely regarded as a 4-star talent who could develop into a top-end player at a key position in the future.
Unlike the previous QB commit, Williams put his considerable talent and skills to good use on the field. As a junior in 2016, Williams threw for 2,618 yards with 26 TDs and 4 INTs on 59.9% completions to go along with 396 yards and 4TDs rushing. Williams improved all those stats as a senior, throwing for 3,015 yards and 28 TDs and 4 INTs while running for 504 yards and 10 TDs.
Williams’ road to Miami was a winding one. Initially, Williams was recruited by and committed to Kentucky. The Wildcats were the first major team to pursue Williams when he was a 3-star rated player as a HS sophomore, and that early connection was enough for him commit to the SEC team (twice, even, as he decommitted from Kentucky over the summer of 2017 before re-upping on his pledge).
A finalist at the Elite11 QB camp last summer, Williams participated at Nike’s The Opening in July, playing the 7-on-7 portion of that event with Miami commits RBs Lorenzo Lingard and Camron Davis, WRs Mark Pope and Brian Hightower, TEs Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory, OL Delone Scaife, DT Nesta Silvera and DBs Al Blades Jr. and Josh Jobe (yeah, The Opening was PACKED with Miami commits) on Team Savage Pro.
Through the summer and early fall, based on his elite level play at camps and in games, Williams saw his recruiting profile continue to rise. His ranking rose, people started writing about him, and immediately things became tenuous, at best, for Kentucky to hold on to their prized commitment.
Shortly after Sitkowski and Miami parted ways, Miami was able to get Williams to come to Coral Gables for an official visit...during Notre Dame week. The Canes rolled out the red carpet for the Georgia native, including a tour of campus, a stop by ESPN’s College GameDay which was broadcast from the UC patio overlooking the lake on Miami’s Coral Gables campus, and much more. Add in a 41-8 demolition of Notre Dame at Hard Rock Stadium that night, and that was pretty much a perfect visit weekend. Williams enjoyed the visit to the point that he took “Kentucky commit” out of his twitter bio DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE GAME, and officially decommitted from the Wildcats on Sunday even after returning home to Georgia.
Miami was not the only team pursuing Williams. The talented signal-caller took an official visit to Ohio State the week after he visited Miami, and was scheduled to visit Auburn for their annual Iron Bowl game against Alabama, but canceled that visit.
While he did not receive the national attention of other Georgia-based QBs in this cycle (players like 5-stars Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields immediately come to mind), Williams is every bit the top tier recruit that he’s billed to be. Williams committed to Miami over 27 other offers, most notably Auburn and Ohio State, his other finalists.
Now, Williams is the 21st commit in Miami’s 2018 recruiting class, and likely the only QB to be signed by the Canes this year. He joins a QB room with Malik Rosier, Evan Shirreffs, N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon at Miami. Williams will enroll at Miami in January, and hope to integrate himself into the Canes’ program and push for playing time in 2018.
For a look at Williams’ prodigious on-field talents, check out the HUDL highlights below: