LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — When Jarren Williams de-committed from Kentucky in late April, things didn’t feel right for the 4-star quarterback prospect.
“It felt like I was missing something,” Williams told SEC Country over the weekend. “Kentucky, they’re like my family. We’ve gotten close over the years. Coming back, it just felt right.”
The decision to reaffirm his commitment to Kentucky didn’t take long — less than a month. Williams isn’t the Wildcats’ highest-ranked commit, but none of his classmates carry the same amount of hype. He’s the 207th-ranked prospect in the class and the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Beyond the numbers, Williams is already seen as Kentucky’s quarterback of the future.
SEC Country met with Williams at Central Gwinnett High School over the weekend and watched as he led his team with 5 touchdowns (3 passing, 2 rushing) in its home opening win Friday night.
Williams graduates in December, and Kentucky still has to hold off competition from 25 other schools that have offered scholarships — offers from SEC stalwarts such as Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Tennessee and South Carolina.
We sat down for a Q&A with Williams on his recruitment and how firm his commitment is to Kentucky.
Q: You have offers from some of the top programs in the country. What was it about Kentucky?
Williams: “I’m not really a guy that cares about the big names — the Alabamas, the Floridas, that doesn’t really trip me up at all. I just look at a school where I can feel comfortable at, and where I can trust the coaches. I feel like I’ll be successful there. That’s why I chose Kentucky. I just feel good there. It’s the right spot for me.”
Q: How firm is your commitment to Kentucky?
Williams: “I’m firm with Kentucky. There are some schools that still text me. I do listen to them, but right now I’m going to Kentucky.”
Q: What schools are still contacting you?
Williams: “There have been some teams, like LSU has been in contact with me. And South Carolina. That’s really the only two teams that’ve been in contact with me … I haven’t really been talking to a lot of coaches like that except for Coach [Eddie] Gran, Coach [Darin] Hinshaw. I’ve just been focusing on the team and making sure everybody’s on the same page trying to win this year.”
Q: What went into your decision to de-commit in April?
Williams: “The reason I de-committed was because I was taking visits, and I didn’t want that to be my look, being the face of our class. So just out of respect for the coaches and the university, that’s why I de-committed. It was very difficult having to call Coach [Mark] Stoops and tell him that, because our relationship is so strong. I let him know that Kentucky was at the top of my list and I explained to him why I de-committed. Coach Stoops is a great guy, a great person, so he understood. He had my back the whole way.”
Q: You said it didn’t feel right when you de-committed from Kentucky. Did you know you were going to circle back or were there other schools you were seriously considering?
Williams: “ There were other schools I was considering. I will say that. I knew in the back of my head too that there was a very strong possibility that I’d be coming back.”
Q: What were the schools you were considering at that time?
Williams: “I would say the schools I was listening to were Florida and Florida State. I was listening to Alabama a little bit and Tennessee were the main schools I was looking at.”
Q: You mentioned LSU as one of the schools still in contact with you. Is LSU or any other school next in line behind Kentucky?
Williams: “I wouldn’t even really say that because I’m not focused on that right now. I’m focused on the season.”
*Check back in the coming days for a full feature from SEC Country’s visit with Jarren Williams.
Watch: Jarren Williams after a 5-touchdown performance Friday night
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