Whitehaven High football coach Rodney Saulsberry on Thursday summed up Jordan Williams’ senior campaign in just three words.
“He showed up,” Saulsberry said.
Indeed he did.
Since an ACL injury he suffered his sophomore year, Williams has been nothing short of impressive for a Whitehaven team that advanced to the TSSAA Class 6A semifinal game in 2014.
To his credit, Williams undoubtedly was the catalyst of the Tigers’ high-powered offense, in large part because of his ability to perform more efficiently in the pocket.
“It was good overall,” Williams told MemphiSport, when asked to assess his senior campaign. “You know, everyone didn’t expect us to go as far as we did…to go 13-1. But to come back and play as good as I played was great.”
Appearing virtually unaffected by a season-ending knee injury that sidelined him a majority of the 2013 season, the speedy 6-foot-1, 185-pound Williams did a masterful job in engineering the Tigers’ potent offense, thus helping Whitehaven remain Shelby-Metro’s No. 1-ranked team throughout the entire 2014 regular season.
Williams culminated his career by producing more 2,000 yards of total offense during the regular season, nearly 1,600 of which came through the air along with 20 touchdown passes (career highs).
The fierce, dual-threat quarterback didn’t let up in the postseason.
Instead, Williams continued to demonstrate he’s as good as advertised, having amassed more than 1,000 yards of total offense through four postseason outings, including 900 passing yards.
Fortunately for Williams, the remarkable numbers he registered this year did not go unnoticed by college scouts. According to JaSanto Williams, Williams’ father, his son has already garnered official offers from the Naval Academy and Arkansas State and, given his favorable display as a senior, such a list is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
National Signing Day is Feb. 4.
“We’re waiting on more official visits,” JaSanto Williams said.
Jordan Williams earlier this week said he already has an official visit to the Naval Academy scheduled for this weekend and will visit Arkansas State within the next week. However, his father said the possibility exist that his son will be extended official invitations to visit Ole Miss, Memphis, Northwestern, and Auburn, considering each of these schools invited him to their Senior Day weekend festivities.
“We’re ecstatic about it,” JaSanto Williams said of his son’s recruiting process. “His doctors surprisingly said his repaired knee is 20 percent better than his other knee.”
That Jordan Williams shows no signs of injury coupled with his career numbers are factors his father believes schools who have yet to extend offers will take into account as National Signing Day looms.
“His numbers speak for themselves,” JaSanto Williams said. “In my opinion, there are doubters. There will be people who will say you will be able to recover. But he’s been doing this thing since Pop Warner. I’m supposed to be a little bit prejudice because he’s my son. No doubt, the numbers speak for themselves.”
And no doubt, the Tigers’ dual-threat signal caller showed up in a year that counted the most.
Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.