ESPN analyst says commit Jarren Williams is ‘an upgrade’ at quarterback


The Miami Hurricanes didn’t make it to the College Football Playoff, but scored big on Wednesday when four-star, Army All-American quarterback Jarren Williams committed to the “U”.

The dual-threat quarterback -- ranked No. 6 at his position according to 247Sports.com -- decommitted from Kentucky last month. Williams was also considering Ohio State, Auburn and Alabama among other finalists. 

ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbill gave his take on the Hurricanes 21st commit in their 2018 recruiting class. 

“Has good size and strength with a frame that will support added muscle. Does a nice job utilizing his feet to extend plays and create something out of nothing. Accurate throwing on the run and displays the ability to fit the ball into a tight window. Shows a live arm and is a quality athlete. Throws well off-balance and on the move, especially to his right. Shows touch on the deep ball and enough arm strength to stretch the field. Is a very polished player and sharp passer at an early stage,” Luginbill said of the 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback. 

In his senior year at Central Gwinnett high school in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Williams threw for 3,015 yards and 28 touchdowns to just four interceptions on 61.5 percent passing. He added 554 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. 

Williams is reportedly planning to enroll early at Miami, which will put him right in the thick of a quarterback competition. 

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said on Wednesday that a quarterback competition come spring practice is to be expected. 

The incumbent starter Malik Rosier has been inconsistent this season. He has the fourth-most passing yards in the ACC (2,917) and is tied for the most touchdown throws in the conference (25). However, he is also tied for the lead in interceptions (11) and has the second-worst completion percentage (54.8). 

Rosier beat out redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs and highly-touted freshman N’Kosi Perry, who like Williams was a top-10 dual-threat quarterback in his recruiting class. Perry redshirted this past season. 

“Williams will be afforded the ability to redshirt, barring any unforeseen set of injuries, and then will likely be in competition with current freshman N'Kosi Perry. Both bring more athleticism to the position than Brad Kaaya or current starter Malik Rosier,” Luginbill wrote. “This is an upgrade to the roster.”

With the edition of Williams, the Hurricanes have the third-best 2018 recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports. 

Check out some of his highlights from his senior season below. 


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