LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jarren Williams’ recruitment has come full circle as the former Kentucky quarterback commit turned de-commit has recommitted to the Wildcats.
Williams announced the news on Kentucky Sports Radio on Monday morning, adding that there will be no more changes of heart.
“I’m shutting it down,” Williams said on the show. “I know where my heart belongs.”
Then the coveted QB tweeted out an explanation of his latest commitment to the Wildcats.
“In the end, the relationships and trust that I have built with the coaching staff, players and all the support from the fan base is all too important,” he wrote. “I am coming home.”
It’s a huge splash in Kentucky’s 2018 class. Williams, ranked the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the country, had several SEC offers including Alabama, Georgia, Florida and LSU. Williams is the 48th-ranked player in Georgia, according to 247Sports. His highest ranking comes from ESPN, where he is a 4-star prospect and the No. 11 dual-threat QB in the country.
The Lawrenceville, Ga., native was the first commit in Kentucky’s 2018 class, but he de-committed on April 24. That in-between phase didn’t last long as he circled back to coach Mark Stoops and company on Saturday.
So why did Williams de-commit in the first place?
“I just talked to my dad and coach and came to the decision that the best thing to do was because I wanted to visit some other schools — and out of the respect to the University of Kentucky — I didn’t want to give them a bad look because I am the quarterback and considered the face of the program’s class,” Williams told SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner last week. “It was best to de-commit to give them the respect.”
But in the same interview with SEC Country, Williams said UK had remained No. 1 on his list.
“To me, it’s not all about the name. It’s bigger than that,” Williams said. “It’s about the relationships and loyalty they have showed me. I have the strongest relationship with them. I feel very comfortable there. I know the players very well. It feels like home there.”
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound quarterback isn’t the top-rated prospect in Kentucky’s class, but he’s been the most publicly sought after.
Kentucky’s 2018 class was ranked 22nd nationally and 3rd in the SEC prior to Williams’ commitment. Williams, once the first commit in Mark Stoops and company’s 2018 group, is now the ninth.
— J D U B💰💫 (@Jarren2Williams) May 15, 2017