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Class of 2018 quarterback commits to Kentucky

UK quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw gave a thumbs up during a spring football practice on March 26.
UK quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw gave a thumbs up during a spring football practice on March 26. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Jarren Williams — a promising quarterback in the class of 2018 — announced Sunday that he has committed to the University of Kentucky.

Williams has reported scholarship offers from Florida State, Louisville, West Virginia, Maryland and Colorado, among other schools. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect plays for Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga.

UK extended a scholarship offer to Williams back in April, and he attended one of the program’s spring camps earlier this month. He is the Wildcats’ first commitment from the class of 2018.

Rivals.com classifies Williams as a dual-threat quarterback. He does not have a star ranking from any of the major recruiting services, though that’s not abnormal for a player who still has two seasons of high school football left.

UK’s coaches expressed excitement Sunday on Twitter, a few minutes after Williams made his commitment public. Quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw tweeted the hashtag “BigTimeGunSlinger” from his account.

The Wildcats recently lost the commitment of four-star quarterback Mac Jones, who flipped to Alabama and is considered one of the best QBs nationally in the class of 2017.

UK does have a commitment from Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood, who is also in the class of 2017.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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