The Maryland staff added a fourth 2018 signal caller to its board May 18 when offensive coordinator Walt Bell offered Central Gwinnett’s (Lawrenceville, Ga.) Jarren Williams. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has a growing list of suitors, but the Terps’ look has him intrigued.
“I was real excited about Maryland,” said Williams, who also claims offers from Florida State, WVU, Kentucky, Louisville, USF, Colorado, BC and Colorado State. “Coach Bell, he stopped by my workout and watched me throw, then afterwards he told my coaches he loved me. Then I contacted him and he told me [the Terps] were going to offer me and to come up there for a camp and a visit. And I told Coach Bell I’d definitely be getting up there.”
Williams said he and Bell didn’t have a long conversation, but the quarterback liked the coordinator’s energy and demeanor. The Georgian said he’s eager to throw in front of him and the rest of UMD’s offensive coaches sometime during June.
“I don’t know a lot about Maryland, but I’m definitely excited to learn more about the program and see the campus. I feel I’m open at this point to any school that wants me, and I want to check out as many as possible,” Williams said. “Also, I know Coach [Andy] Buh at Maryland because I was talking to him when he was at Kentucky. He’s a great guy, and I was thrilled when he got a job over at Maryland. I’m excited to be back in touch with him again.”
At Central Gwinnett, Williams said he plays in a versatile system that incorporates some spread and pro-style elements. Given that, and knowing a bit about Bell’s spread, Williams is intrigued by the Terps’ offense.
“I really like diverse offenses that can take advantages of all my abilities,” Williams said. “I’d describe myself as a pocket passer who can run when he has to. I can sit under center, drop back in shotgun and throw on the run. So I’m looking for offenses that fit my style.”
The Lawrenceville native isn’t favoring one school’s system over another’s at this point, however. In fact, Williams said all of his suitors have his eye and not one, not even Florida State, has jumped out quite yet.
“Sure, Florida State is a great program, but I think all the schools after me are great programs. I have to research and take some visits before I can say who has caught my eye,” Williams said. “I want to see a bunch of schools this summer, but I don’t have a schedule yet. I’m still working through that.”
Thus far, the signal caller has been through FSU, Louisville, Kentucky and Florida. Naturally, Williams said he liked them all and felt all four had something to offer him.
As far as his future suitors, the quarterback admitted he wasn’t sure what programs would be offering next. Williams said a number of coaches have trekked through Central Gwinnett this spring, “but you never can tell who’s actually going to offer. Sometimes [the offers] just come out of nowhere.”
“I would love to get offers from Oregon and Ohio State, though,” Williams continued. “The coaches from OSU have been talking to me and that’s obviously a great program. I’ve always loved Ohio State. And Oregon, Marcus Mariota was like my favorite college quarterback, so I’d love to get a look from [the Ducks].”
Williams is coming off a season where he passed for 1,650 yards and scored 16 touchdowns, while he rushed for around 500 more yards and tallied three more touchdowns.