Varsity Preps

Under-the-Radar: 2014 WR Jarry Williams, Sandalwood

2014 WR Jarry Williams (6’4, 180, 4.55) has transferred to Sandalwood High from Terry Parker for the 2013 season. Williams reported to Varsity Preps that he currently owns offers from UMass, Florida A&M, Yale, Harvard, and North Carolina. He’s also hearing from Florida Tech, Alabama Birmingham, and Central Florida. Williams, who will wear #12 this season, said UMass is his leader.

picture: 247Sports

picture: 247Sports

Williams says he has an outstanding relationship with UMass WR coach Allen Suber. “We communicate every week. I wanted to camp there this summer but was unable to get up to Massachusetts,” he explained. “I will be taking an official visit soon to see a home game.”

UMass was one of the first programs to express interest in Sandalwood’s new receiver. “I feel like the coaches have always been honest with me. They haven’t promised anything, told me if I work hard I can earn early playing time.

The academic reputation also has Williams intrigued, among other factors. “I like the atmosphere around the program and I have aunts and uncles that live in Massachusetts and I visit every summer.

“Playing for a program that’s rebuilding also appeals to me, and UMass is doing just that.”

Other programs have started to take notice of the big receiver. “UAB and UCF want to see the first few games of the season on film before they offer,” he shared. “I’ve visited UCF and when I was on campus, the recruiting coordinator told me he wanted to evaluate me further.

North Carolina is still recruiting me, they’ve offered.”

FIU has recently entered the picture for Williams. “The staff sends me a lot of mail and I camped with them. Honestly, FIU is my second favorite program right now.”

Williams said he’s planning official visits to Florida Tech, FIU, and UMass thus far. “Right now, UMass is my No. 1 school, but if the big programs come calling late, I’d be forced to re-evaluate things.”

The transfer might prove to be big for Williams because of the increased exposure and program prestige Sandalwood delivers. “First thing I saw when I became part of the program was the board with all the players that have DI offers, and I fit right in. My new coaches are telling me they expect my offer list to grow after the first few games.”

Williams feels he’ll be a key role player for Sandalwood’s offense this fall. “I have a lot of expectations for that role. My goal is to catch 35 passes for 500 yards receiving. It’s going to be tough because we have great receivers at Sandalwood and I’ll need to take advantage of every opportunity.”

He believes that his new team could have big things in store this fall. “We’ve been grinding everyday. In the morning we lift weights and in the afternoon we’re conditioning,” he said. “We have a great, competitive schedule, but we have talent all over the roster. If we play together as a team, we can do great things this year,” he predicted. “But games aren’t played on paper and we have to take care of our business.”

— Michael Bradley

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