Jarren Williams at the Atlanta Under Armour camp (Photo by Michael Clark)

2018 Peach State QB prospect Jarren Williams so hot, programs are visiting him longer than normal this spring

Few quarterback prospects are hotter than Georgia's Jarren Williams in the South and his last two weeks of visitors proves why.

Longtime Georgia prep coach Todd Wofford has seen a lot of top prospects come through his programs at Gainesville (Ga.) High School and since at Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett, with blue-chip recruits inking with AlabamaOhio StateNotre Dame and several other national powers.

But this spring has stood alone in terms of attention and time college football's best have spent at his program with most of it aimed at rising senior quarterback Jarren Williams.

"From Blake (Sims), Adonis (Thomas), all those guys in the past, schools normally do what they all generally do," Wofford said. "They visit practice, watch practice for a while and then get out and get on to the next school. But we've had teams that are basically staying for the entire three-hour practice, that has happened every day this week.

"When you see these high profile offensive coordinators, some in the same conference, stand so long that they have to sit down in the stands, it's cool to see. It's exciting for the kids and it makes for an exciting practice because all eyes are watching. This is different."

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Williams decommitted from Kentucky last month and he was among the hottest quarterbacks in the South even before that point. With the spring evaluation period coinciding with him resetting his recruitment, it has made Central Gwinnett a must-see program for many.

Georgia offered Thursday. The in-state school had already been by along with Florida StateLSUTennessee, Kentucky and others while Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss are slated to spend more time there next week. Auburn was in to visit with him Friday.

Though Williams has a verbal offer from most of the programs checking in on him, each day is another showcase to move up a school's recruiting board. Armed with iPads and video cameras to document everything an assistant sees, each suitor takes a piece of the workout back to campus to share. 

"It's been like a coaching convention in practice," Wofford said. "Some are playing it aggressive. Some aren't in order to be different from those that are. One, in particular, was out there yesterday (Wednesday) and he was low-key as possible, but he was there for more than three hours. He was like, 'I'm here, and I'm gonna be back here...'

"Others are saying they need him to commit as soon as they can because they need him. I don't know what's best for him but everyone has their different style."

In the meantime, Williams is establishing rapport with new Black Knight targets every day. The practices take place in between personal workouts with a QB coach ahead of Central Gwinnett's spring game next Friday.

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The consistency the class of 2018 talent has shown is as new to Wofford as the attention Williams has commanded. 

"He's been locked in from the beginning," he said. "He's a headstrong kid who hasn't let any of this affect him. He's proven that it doesn't matter who is out there, he's doing his thing. He's locked in on being better in every phase compared to last year.

"It's ridiculous, it's ridiculous! The receivers say they need much more work because how the ball is coming out this year."

The rise up the ranks for coaches across the country and even on Scout, where he has ascended to one of the best in the South, began with his stellar 2016 campaign in which Williams threw for 28 touchdowns against just four interceptions.

"One, he was kind of behind with some of the other QBs based on different-style mechanics, throwing-wise, that he is night and day from this point last year," Wofford said. "He had a monster season, showed a lot of different things and that's when schools started offering. Since then, he's hit a couple of these camps and schools and reporters and video have shown that he not only improved from last summer, but he's in the same lane as some of these top four and five-star guys...with every throw and every drill."

Now, with the offer list to match other blue-chip passers, don't expect Williams to be on the market very much longer. He's been doing as much evaluating as the programs traveling to Lawrenceville to see him live.

"It had gotten to that point even before the Georgia offer," Wofford said. "He wants to be done -- that was one of the reasons he committed to Kentucky last June -- so I don't think it is going to last. I would assume he gets it done (in the next) month. But it's tough, he's splitting hairs now between great teams and coaches and histories.

"It's a great problem to have."

For one program, the longer hours, low battery alerts and/or tweak a recruiting approach will be springtime well spent. 


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