Utes Checking Out Former UW Quarterback

Former 4 star and Washington QB Troy Williams, now at Santa Monica JUCO, visited Utah last week

A member of the 2013 recruiting class, Narbonne HS quarterback Troy Williams was one of the most sought after quarterback's in the country, and was rated 4 stars and the 10th best quarterback in the nation. After narrowing his choices to Arizona and Washington, Williams committed to then head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies. Fast forward 2 years, a redshirt year and a season in which Williams got his first career start, and he's now looking for a new home. After spending some of the season as the 3rd string QB and some of it as the starter due to injuries, Williams announced in January that he would be transferring, and spending a year at Santa Monica Junior College.

Heading in to the 2015 season, the Utes of Utah find themselves in a situation where they need to bring in at least two quarterbacks as part of the 2016 recruiting class, as they're likely facing 3 departing quarterbacks from their current roster with Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson being seniors, and one of four underclassmen being rumored to have a foot out the door in search for more playing time. Knowing that they need reinforcements at quarterback for the 2016 season, Utah has sent out offers and scheduled visits with possible additions, one of them being the former Washington Husky Troy Williams. Williams took an unofficial visit to Salt Lake City over the April 18th weekend, and came away impressed with what he saw. "The visit was great. I enjoyed every aspect about it, from the atmosphere to seeing all of the facilities, and opportunities their program has to offer." Williams was able to watch the Utes scrimmage, tour the campus and facilities, and just get a better feel for the program during his visit. "I'd most definitely fit in at Utah. They have a great sense of being a family there with their camaraderie. I feel I'd also be a good fit for their offense with my ability to throw and use my legs." Utah first contacted Williams not too long ago, but he's been able to connect already with the man he speaks most with from Salt Lake City. "I started not too long ago talking with assistant director of player personnel Pablo Cano. He's from the L.A. area so it was very easy to relate to him."

Although it appears that Utah is in need of junior college transfer quarterback, Williams left Salt Lake City with out an offer in hand, but he's doing what the Utah coaches told him to do, and that's staying patient. "They just told me to be patient and that offer will come. They have seen film of me from high school and while I was at UW, so it's just a matter of time. Also, due to how the quarterback position will play out, they will decide if they need to bring in a JUCO QB." Having gone through the recruiting process before, Williams is very familiar of the stress and pressure that can come from it, but he's got a list of standards he's looking for when he decides where he'll spend his last two years of college. "I don't really have different approach to my recruitment this time. I just want to make sure wherever I go I'll be given an equal opportunity to play, and make sure it's the best fit for me to see the field."

Aside from Utah, Georgia State is the only other program to make contact with Williams since his departure from Washington, and he said he's going to take a wait and see approach with his recruitment the second time around. "I'm just going to play it by ear. I don't really know who is going to offer and when they will, so whatever options I have in the future, I will take my time and really make sure I choose the best place to go."

Williams will have 2 years to play 2 follwing his season at Santa Monica, and will join a program in January of 2016. He finished his redshirt freshman year at Washington with 23 completions on 36 attempts for 176 yards, 63.9% completion percentage, 2 interceptions, and 16 rushes for 25 yards and 1 touchdown.

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