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Despite his 3-star rating, Jarren Williams is one of the most coveted prospects in the Class of 2018.
Since the evaluation period began last month, a who’s who of SEC coaches have visited Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga., to feast their eyes on the 6-foot-2, 206-pound quarterback.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee have all paid a visit to the former Kentucky commit, who backed off his pledge on April 24 as his recruitment continued to escalate.
Williams visited UF on March 23 and received an offer from the Gators that day. He’s one of the top quarterback targets for Florida coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
“Florida has told me a lot that I’m their guy over and over,” Williams told SEC Country. “They haven’t specifically said I’m No. 1, but they said they want me.”
Williams added that Alabama, Kentucky and LSU also have him high on their QB boards. Florida State is another school that’s heavily recruiting Williams, who has recently visited FSU, Kentucky and Tennessee in addition to UF.
“I really loved the campus,” Williams said of his Florida trip. “I actually have a very good relationship with the coaches at Florida — Coach Nuss and Coach Mac. I spent time with them on my visit there.”
Though he’s only been back on the market for a couple weeks, Williams wants to make another commitment soon. He plans to shut down his recruitment after his next pledge and stop taking visits.
“It will definitely be before the season,” Williams said of a decision timeline. “I was trying to get it done after spring practice [this coming Friday], but if not then, it should be sometime soon after then — maybe a few weeks after.” Kentucky still in it
The decision to back off his Kentucky pledge did not come easy for Williams. He had been committed to the Wildcats for more than 10 months and still lists them as his top team.
“I just talked to my dad and coach and came to the decision that the best thing to do was de-commit because I wanted to visit some other schools,” Williams said. “Out of the respect to the University of Kentucky, I didn’t want to give them a bad look because I am the quarterback and considered the face of the program’s class.”
Williams feels Florida, Florida State and Kentucky give him the best opportunity to play early in his college career. As uncommon as it seems, Williams said he can see myself rejoining the Wildcats’ class.“To me, it’s not all about the name. It’s bigger than that,” Williams said of Kentucky. “It’s about the relationships and loyalty they have showed me. I have […]