Jarren Williams was announced as the Miami Hurricanes starting quarterback just prior to season kickoff by Miami head coach Manny Diaz. Since Miami opens with Florida in a nationally-televised, week zero matchup, many viewers who be wondering just who is Jarren Williams? Here are five things you should know about Miami’s new quarterback:

Jarren Williams was a four-star recruit from Georgia

Jarred Williams is a 6’ 2” quarterback from Central Gwinnett high school in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 247Sports had Williams ranked as a four-star recruit, and he was ranked as one of Georgia’s top ten recruits in the 2018 recruiting class. Williams committed to Miami in late 2017 for the 2018 class. Williams was recruited by Mark Richt’s staff at Miami, and now gets the starting job under first-year head coach Manny Diaz.

Jarren Williams won the job over high-profile transfer Tate Martell

Tate Martell gained many offseason headlines after transferring from Ohio State to Miami this past offseason. Of course, Martell transferred, in part, due to the transfer of Georgia quarterback Justin Fields to the Buckeyes following the 2018 college football season. With Martell entering Manny Diaz’s Miami program, many assumed that he would be the automatic starter heading into the 2019 season. This was not the case, and in a tweet announcing the 2019 QB1 for Miami this August, Miami announced that Jarren Williams had indeed won the starting job going into the game against Florida on August 24, 2019.

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Jarren Williams’ teammates say he’s a great leader

Word out of Miami fall camp was that Williams has been a great leader on the field. His teammates have noted that he isn’t quiet, and he seems to have a good command of the huddle on the offensive side of the ball. Williams was noted to be very confident when he arrived on campus in 2018, and now it seems that his teammates and coaches share that confidence in him for the 2019 season.

Many Miami legends reached out to Jarren Williams after he won the job

Former Miami quarterbacks such as Malik Rosier, Brad Kaaya and Stephen Morris have reached out to Jaren Williams to offer him encouragement heading into the season. Perhaps the most noteworthy person to reach out to Williams, however, is the former head coach of the Miami Hurricanes Jimmy Johnson. The Miami faithful seem to be excited for the new regime at Miami and the new quarterback at the helm as the season gets underway.

Jarren Williams is a great athlete, but he can be an elite passer

While many consider Williams a dual-threat quarterback, he was actually listed as a pro style quarterback at times during his recruitment. A superb athlete, Jarren Williams will be limited if he can’t complete passes. But, most believe he’ll do just fine as a passer at the FBS level. Miami’s offensive line is quite new in 2019, so should things break down regularly for Jarren Williams and the Miami offense, Williams has the ability to escape and improvise with his legs.

Frequently asked questions

Where is Jarren Williams from?

Jarren Williams is from Central Gwinnett high school in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

When did Jarren Williams arrive at Miami?

Jarren Williams enrolled at Miami in 2018. He was a part of the 2018 recruiting cycle.

Was Jarren Williams a top-rated recruit?

Jarren Williams was considered a four-star quarterback recruit. He was also considered one of the top ten recruits from the state of Georgia during the 2018 recruiting cycle.