Jawon Pass discusses sticking with Louisville
Those who didn’t know Jawon Pass may have wondered whether he’d make a last-minute change to his college destination. Fans of Louisville football certainly were keeping a close eye on the highly-touted quarterback’s itinerary when he made a visit to Alabama a couple weeks ago.
On Wednesday, Pass cleared all of that up.
During a ceremony that included 10 other signees, Pass honored his commitment by inking with Louisville, where he has been committed since last summer. He chose the Cardinals over the Crimson Tide and Auburn, citing his comfort at Louisville, where his brother Khane is finishing his first year on campus, and the “offensive genius” of coach Bobby Petrino.
“I’m just loyal to my word,” Pass said on Wednesday. “I knew from the start I wasn’t going to change my commitment.”
The 6-foot-4, four-star-rated quarterback said he got a strong push from Alabama coach Nick Saban as national signing day drew near, adding that his craziest moment throughout the entire process was sitting with the iconic Crimson Tide coach in a truck and touring Tuscaloosa. When it came down to it, though, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play with Petrino and his brother.
“I feel like it was just home there,” he said. “I’ve got a good relationship with the coaching staff, and I followed my heart. … It’s a blessing to get to play with my brother and chase our dreams together.”
As a senior, Pass threw for over 2,200 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 800 yards and 16 more scores on the ground. He was named first-team All-Bi-City.
Two other Tigers signed Division I scholarships at the signing ceremony on Wednesday. Defensive back Javontay Smith signed with East Carolina and offensive lineman Fred Williams with Grambling State.
Smith, who was a first-team All-Bi-City selection in 2015 after recording three interceptions and a defensive touchdown as a senior, was originally committed to North Carolina before de-committing earlier this month. He said he just had to look at the two schools and see where he could fit in the best.
“It’s been a long process,” he said. “I just had to make a decision between those two schools. I had to look at who was there, who’s there now, when I can play, all that stuff.”
Williams, also a first-team All-Bi-City selection, said he was comfortable at Grambling and that he has high expectations for himself to compete.
“Anywhere you go, there are high expectations,” he said. “I just have to go out and compete. Do my job.”
The other eight signees were as follows: Trevonne Atkins, Ridgewater College, Tyler Davis, Ridgewater College, Ashton Calhoun, Ridgewater College, Jaquaze Gaines, Ridgewater College, Darius Love, Iowa Central Community College, Gerald Reed, Ridgewater College, Tyrik Baskin, Middle Georgia State, and TJ London, Georgia Military College.
Baskin and London were late additions to the list, and two others -- Robert Henderson and Jordan Rivers -- are expected to sign with Fort Valley State later today.