Plenty of top programs in play for Elite 11 semifinalist Jarren Williams, but Kentucky remains top choice

MATTHEWS, N.C. -- The spring has been very good for the stock of Jarren Williams, who just picked up an invitation to the Elite 11 semifinals. His recruitment has picked up at the same pace.

Coach Todd Wofford called the spring evaluation period at Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett a coaching convention last week because of the attention his players have received from big-time college football programs. 

Most have come by to see quarterback Jarren Williams, fresh on the market and impressing at every turn. 

The rising senior was at it again Sunday at The Opening Charlotte, where he was invited to the Elite 11 seminfinals after another solid performance (video above) since his breakout 2016 season.

"It's been fun, really," he said. "But we, the team, don't really focus on the coaches that are there, we are focused on chemistry, but it's been fun though. I tell the guys, 'there's coaches out here, but tune that out, we have work to do.'"

In between practice sessions, Williams has spent considerable time with assistant coaches from all over the South looking to make a move before he makes a decision. But each trails the program he was committed to for 10 months before opening things back up. 

"Kentucky, they're number one, they're at the top," he said. "Some schools that I like, too, obviously FloridaLSUAlabamaFlorida StateTennessee and Ole Miss. I have great relationships with Kentucky and the longest relationship with Kentucky. There's some schools that have started to separate to me, like Florida, Florida State, LSU and Tennessee. Those have been standing out a lot. 

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"Relationships is a big thing for me, too. I have to be around these coaches and players for four or five years, however many years I stay there, so that's another big factor."

Williams, amid the visitors to Central Gwinnett and some recent visits he took, including to Alabama and Kentucky, was considering a decision shortly after the Black Knights' spring football season ended. 

It may no longer be the case.

"I was planning on doing it after spring, but now I'm not really sure when," he said. "It may extend further, it may not. I have to sit down with my coaches and my dad to talk about it. I don't want to put a timeline on it just in case I change it.

"I'm evaluating the coaches, and the school, somewhere I would feel comfortable at. Even if we took football out of it, somewhere I would be comfortable at."

After this week, as the team hosts its spring game Friday evening, the list could be cut down further and there could be a couple more performances on the dockett though no trips are set in stone at this time. 

"(Florida State) Coach (Jimbo) Fisher really wanted me to come down to do a camp, so my dad is looking into that," Williams said. "Also, I talked to coach (Brian) Daboll and he wants me to come to Alabama's camp, too. They had an assistant come by to see me and are coming back (this week)." 

Few prep passers are near as hot as the dual-threat talent and the top 30 prospect at his position will become a big quarterback domino in the SEC and ACC when he goes public with his pledge. 


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