Jarrick Williams, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound four-star safety from Blount High School in Prichard, Ala., says he hasn’t even begun to narrow down his choices from around 15 scholarship offers.
“I’m still open,” Williams said. “I’m looking at everybody and I don’t have a leader.”
Williams, ranked as the No. 6 safety in the country by Scout.com, has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Clemson, among others.
While Williams denied following either the Tide or the Tigers as a youngster, he did attend the Alabama Junior Day. “I think that Alabama has a real good program,” he said.
“Their junior day was good,” Williams said. “They really showed me some love and I liked the people there a lot. They seem to really like me and told me they really want me at Alabama.”
The Tide were Williams’ first offer at the end of his sophomore season and he says they are still recruiting him the hardest. “I really like coach Nick Saban too,” he said. “I like how he’ll do whatever he can to win and make you a success.”
Alabama’s in-state rival, Auburn, is also in on Williams. “I went there for a spring game last year,” he said. “That was the only time I was there and it was just for a day, so I didn’t get to see much, but it seemed like a nice place.
“I plan on going out to one of their practices sometime soon,” Williams said. “Maybe next week.”
Williams says he doesn’t have any other unofficial visits planned and is uncertain about which camps he’ll attend this summer. But two other likely contenders are Florida and Mississippi State, which was his most recent offer.
“I just got the offer,” he said. “It came in the mail yesterday (March 31).
“They seem like an up-and-coming team but I don’t know anything about them,” he admitted.
“Florida wins a lot of games each year so that’s cool,” he said. “I need to learn more about the program and see what it’s like.”
Williams says he will likely wait before committing to a school. “I’m thinking of taking my time,” he said. “I may not do it until January, but I don’t know yet.
“I just want to play for a hard-working program that’s fit for me,” he said. “I want to be where I feel I belong.”
Williams finished his junior season with 94 tackles and two interceptions. Offensively, he had around 200 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
“I read the field good and can cover real good too,” Williams said. “My style is all about tackling and making big plays.”
He says he wants to improve his “back peddle and my footwork in general.”
“I want to break on the ball better,” he said.
Williams reports a 2.7 core GPA and is taking the ACT on April 4.