Donovan Williams was the first verbal commitment for UConn's Class of 2016 back in June. He was recruited by a bunch of FBS schools to play safety or wide receiver but decided to commit to James Madison for the opportunity to play quarterback. When UConn offered him an opportunity under center, Williams changed his commitment.
The Virginia native is listed at 6-foot-3, 205 lbs, and is from Hylton HS in Woodbridge, VA, the same high school as UConn linebacker EJ Levenberry. He is listed on all the scouting sites as an athlete prospect and as a quarterback is able to make plays with his legs. His passing skills in the pocket need improving, but he has a strong arm and is able to make throws while on the run.
Rated a 3-star prospect by 247Sports.com, Scout and Rivals, many feel Williams has a high upside as a passer.
According to Scout:
"Williams needs to continue to improved his footwork and release, but his ceiling is very high and his best football is ahead of him."
With Shirreffs likely locking up the starting job for the next two seasons, and some more experienced depth ahead of him as well, Williams is likely to redshirt this upcoming year. He will compete for the starting job along with Tyler Davis, who redshirted this past year.