Jarren Williams continues to look like the Kentucky Wildcats’ signature pledge of the 2018 class.
Williams has slowly risen up the recruiting rankings since he committed to UK as a three-star prospect in June of 2016 (and since decommitted and recommitted). He’s also scored some major scholarship offers, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Miami among others.
Now, Williams has the star ranking to validate the hype he’s getting. Rivals.com just updated their ranking of the top recruits in 2018 players, and Williams now has a four-star ranking.
In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal earlier in May, Williams’ high school coach, Todd Wofford, talked about the recruiting services not showing Williams much love.
“I think he’s the most underrated player in the country and that motivates him,” Wofford said. “He’s motivated by a lot of people that doubt his abilities for whatever reason, and in every camp everything he does he’s trying to prove a point and prove that he gets recognized with his talent he has. ...
“I trust college coaches more than I trust those rankings any day of the week, because that’s what matters in the end. I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve never seen a kid with the season like he had against the competition that we play against, which is the highest in the biggest county in the state of Georgia, which is some of the best football in the nation — and then you throw on the offer list with everybody in the SEC, ACC, everywhere — but he’s still a three-star? I don’t know what a four-star is.”
It looks like the recruiting services are catching up to what Wofford and the UK coaching staff already knew. ESPN als has given Williams a four-star rating, but 247 and Scout.com have yet to do so.