News of D’Eriq King transferring to the Miami Hurricanes hit hard for sophomore starting quarterback Jarren Williams, as he has entered the transfer portal.
Once the former Houston quarterback announced his transfer to the Miami Hurricanes earlier in the week, it seemed to spell the end for Williams’ time with the team. Williams went 4-6 as starting quarterback for Miami’s lackluster 6-7 season.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde, Williams has entered the portal and will look to get his career on track elsewhere. The Miami Herald detailed maturity issues plaguing Williams last year, which included showing up late to practices and a culture of unaccountability.
On top of his erratic play, which saw him throw an ACC record six touchdowns in one game to throwing interceptions on three straight possessions in the embarrassing loss to FIU, Miami needed to get a significant upgrade from Williams.
This is why Miami was a team to keep an eye on in the transfer quarterbacking market. Landing a prized college football free agent in King helps Miami’s case for winning the ACC Coastal for the first time in three years. Provided Williams transfers, Miami’s quarterback room will be left with King, redshirt junior and former starter, N’Kosi Perry, redshirt junior Tate Martell, redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha and true freshman Tyler Van Dyke.
Williams still has a few years of eligibility so he will be more than a one-year rental for his new team and that brings added value. Plus, if he uses this as an opportunity to mature and grow and learn from his time at Miami, he could benefit from a fresh start.
He will have to sit out in 2020 as a transfer, barring a hardship waiver, which is unlikely in this case. Wherever he ends up, he may have to accept it won’t be the caliber of program that Miami is, even if it’s not the same Miami that is competing for national championships on an annual basis.
Williams is only two years removed from being the No. 5 pro-style quarterback recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, so teams will bank on his talent and potential and hope it outweighs his maturity concerns.
During his recruitment, Williams only took two official visits. One to Miami and one to Ohio State where Ryan Day was his primary recruiter. Could Day be interested in giving Williams a second chance? He would benefit from sitting behind and watching and learning from Justin Fields for two more years, but Williams would have to accept he’d have to wait until 2022 for a starting opportunity.
Williams completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,187 yards, 19 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in 2019. If he transfers and lands in the right system, he has a great shot at winning a lot of games and put himself in position for a professional career.