LEXINGTON, Ky. — Top quarterback target Jarren Williams re-committed to Kentucky on Monday morning, and his recruitment reached the highest rung of the university ladder.
Williams told SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner that he met University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto while in town for the Blue-White spring game last month.
“We were just getting to know each other,” Williams said of Capilouto. “We were making some jokes with each other. He’s a really good person. He made me feel like he would look out for me if I went there.”
Aside from sharing jokes with the school president, the Kentucky coaching staff established a relationship that stuck with the Lawrenceville, Ga., native.
“I’m very close to the coaches and the entire staff there,” Williams told Kirschner. “They were one of the first teams to believe in me and took me in. I can trust them. That’s a big factor with me.”
Even after de-committing from Kentucky, the Wildcats stayed No. 1 in Williams’ mind. His announcement Monday confirmed that. Here’s what Williams told SEC Country in the weeks between his de-commitment and re-commitment.
“At this point, I need to get that feeling elsewhere,” Williams said. “I haven’t. I have that feeling at Kentucky. I feel like I belong there and why they’re No. 1.”
Williams isn’t the highest-ranked member of Kentucky’s 2018 class, but his recruitment had a conference-wide scope. He chose UK over Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and several others. He’s ranked the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.
He tweeted his commitment Monday morning: “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. With that said, I am coming home and re-committing to play quarterback for the ‘new’ University of Kentucky.”
— J D U B💰💫 (@Jarren2Williams) May 15, 2017