Jarren Williams is the most recent addition to the Miami recruiting class. After 4-star pro-style quarterback Artur Sitkowski de-committed in November, the Hurricanes sought out an upgrade and wound up with Williams, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback.
The senior signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday and then will early enroll after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
A big-time gunslinger!
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 20, 2017
How Jarren Williams fits at Miami
Miami’s quarterback play was shaky this season, as first-year starter Malik Rosier barely completed more than 50 percent of his passes and unraveled toward the end of the regular season. Williams and quarterback N’Kosi Perry, who redshirted for his first fall on campus, should both push Rosier for the starting job in 2018 and compete for the top spot long term. Williams and Perry represent a shift for Mark Richt. The coach has traditionally preferred pro-style signal callers, but has landed a top-flight dual-threat prospect in back-to-back recruiting cycles.
Jarren Williams: Bio, measurements
Weight: 211 pounds
High school: Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Accolades: U.S. Army All-American, The Opening finalist, Elite 11 finalist
Jarren Williams: Recruiting rankings
National: No. 113
Position: No. 7
State: No. 15
All rankings are according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Jarren Williams: Stats
Williams completed 214 of 348 passes this season for 3,015 yards, 28 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 10 games. He also racked up a team-high 554 yards and 10 touchdowns on 115 carries. The quarterback lost 3 fumbles.
Jarren Williams: Player breakdown
Williams is exactly the sort of dual-threat quarterback teams currently seek in college football. He considers himself a pass-first player, only relying on his legs when plays break down or when the play is designed for him to take off.
His rise to become one of the best quarterbacks in the country was never exactly a guarantee, either. Williams was relatively unknown when he transferred to Central Gwinnett from Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., during the spring of his sophomore year, and his performance on the camp circuit the following summer didn’t do much to impress analysts. Still, Kentucky became the first Power 5 school to offer Williams and he committed to the Wildcats as a junior. Williams spent his junior season rebuilding his release, which drew the brunt of the criticism from coaches and media. When he went back out to camps before his junior year, those who questioned his ability were blown away.
Williams capped the offseason by reaching the finals of the Elite 11 and helping quarterback Savage Pro at The Opening finals. His team in Beaverton, Ore., was loaded with Hurricanes commits, including 5-star running back Lorenzo Lingard, 4-star wide receiver Mark Pope and 4-star tight end Brevin Jordan. His connections led him to Coral Gables, Fla., when Miami needed a quarterback. Williams took an official visit in November and de-committed from Kentucky by the end of the trip. Less than a month later, the quarterback committed to the Hurricanes.