Despite having 4-star Georgia quarterback Emory Jones committed for the past 15 months, Ohio State felt the need to extend an offer to another 4-star Georgia quarterback in Jarren Williams Wednesday night. Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports was the first to report the offer on Thursday morning.
Williams (Central Gwinnett HS/Lawrenceville, GA) is currently committed to the University of Kentucky, and has been since May. Williams (6-2 206) is the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation per the 247Sports Composite. He is rated as the No. 205 player in the nation overall.
An Army All-American, Williams threw for 2,596 yards and 22 touchdowns this past season.
The next step for Ohio State and Williams will obviously be to get him on campus, but that won’t be possible until next week at the earliest. Until that happens, nothing will likely happen between the two.
As a quarterback, Williams is able to escape pressure, but sometimes does so in a manner that defenses won’t allow in college. He shows nice touch in all areas of the field, but can also step up and fire the ball where it needs to go. He’s very comfortable in the pocket, but also throws a very nice ball on the move. He also throws a downfield pass that his receivers can work with.
So what does this mean for Emory Jones, who has been committed since the summer of 2016? Jones officially visited Alabama two weeks ago and he obviously hasn’t done enough to convince the Ohio State coaches that he isn’t going anywhere.
Currently, 247’s Crystal Ball projections have seen a number of flips from Ohio State to Alabama for Jones. The Tide also recently flipped one of Michigan’s top 2018 commits in offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor.
Alabama signed the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback in the nation last year in Tua Tagovailoa, as well as 4-star pro-style quarterback Mac Jones.
Would Ohio State take both Jones and Williams if they wanted to come aboard? Most likely. With three Buckeye quarterbacks vying for the starting job in 2018, there will be a lot of uncertainty at the position next season and moving forward. Two quarterbacks in the class of 2018 is unlikely, but would also be a luxury that the Buckeyes probably wouldn’t say no to, unless Jones was able to convince Urban Meyer that he was going to stick.
At this point, however, the OSU staff is much more concerned with simply having one quarterback in the 2018 class.
You can check out highlights of Jarren Williams’ senior season below.
Jarren Williams Highlights
[Jarren Williams photo courtesy 247Sports.com.]