Another name has been crossed off of LSU’s quarterback board, as Jarren Williams re-committed to Kentucky just a few weeks after reopening up his recruitment amid interest from several other SEC powers.
Williams, a 6-foot-2, 206-pound prospect, was the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the country for the 2018 recruiting class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
LSU hosted Williams for an unofficial visit in March for national junior day, where he collected his offer and the relationship began. Earlier this month, offensive coordinator Matt Canada flew out to Georgia to visit with the budding quarterback, just a few days after he de-committed from the Wildcats.
Williams told SEC Country that LSU was among the schools making the strongest push for him, but maintained that Kentucky remained his leading school. The difference: he did not have as strong of a relationship with any other coaching staff as he did with Mark Stoops and Co.
Additionally, after making the verbal commitment back to Kentucky, it is unlikely that Williams will make any other visits to college campuses this summer. His recruitment is all but over.
LSU is still holding out hope that a late surge will help them to make up ground with Louisiana’s top signal-caller, Justin Rogers, who is slated to announce his college decision on May 31. LSU is one of three finalists along with North Carolina and presumptive favorite TCU, but Canada, Steve Ensminger and Mickey Joseph have all checked on the 4-star Parkway (La.) High School quarterback on multiple occasions throughout the fall.
The question is whether the Tigers’ strong push of late can help them to overtake the Horned Frogs ahead of the scheduled decision.
Beyond Williams and Rogers, LSU will likely have to shift its attention onto a committed quarterback such as Justin Fields or Arkansas 4-star dual-threat prospect Gerry Bohanon. Neither has made a visit to Baton Rouge, so there is certainly plenty of work to be done on that front.
The Tigers reeled in two All-American quarterbacks in their 2017 signing class: Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan. Narcisse participated in spring football and Brennan is set to enroll on campus next month. Both will compete for the starting job during camp.
LSU lost a scholarship when Brandon Harris transferred to North Carolina. Danny Etling will grade after the 2017 season, so again, quarterback is a need in the 2018 group and is becoming a major focal point of the class.