Williams takes in unofficial visit

The 2012 recruiting cycle may be just barely two weeks old, but it's crystal clear that one of the more coveted in-state prospects will be Javon Williams. In the last several days, the Chandler HS wideout has already been offered by Arizona State and Arizona, and this afternoon he took an unofficial visit to Tempe. Devils Digest caught up with Williams after his visit to get his impressions.

"I really liked the campus and the facilities," said the 6-4 175 Javon Williams. "I was here once before in the eighth grade with my cousin Dion (Jordan) so it wasn't all new to me. I did get to meet Coach Bryce (Erickson) and the head coach Dennis Erickson and also some of the players. We talked to the Academic Director (Jean Boyd) too.

"The thing that impressed me the most was the bubble (indoor practice facility)."

Williams caught 30 passes for 664 yards and 8 TDs as a junior and according to Scout.com's Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell is a wide receiver loaded with potential. "He has a huge frame," Jewell said. "Obviously needs to bulk up but that will come. He creates match-up problems with his size. He will go up and get the ball, he has good hands, will go across the middle and has above average speed."

"The (Arizona State) coaches like how fast and athletic I am for a 6-4 player," Williams remarked. "They said that was very unique for a wide receiver my size. I know I have to add weight so I can do a better job blocking and get better with my get-off.

"I relay like Arizona State's receiver corps and it a good offense to play in."

It was originally reported that last Monday the University of Arizona was the first school to offered Williams, but the wide receiver said that that it was actually the Sun Devils who were the first ones to extend an offer.

"They called my head coach last Friday and told him that they offered me," Williams explained. "But they also told him that they also wanted to do it in-person with me when I was on my (unofficial) visit. I was happy to hear about that offer."

Williams added that Arkansas and Fresno State have also been recruiting him in recent weeks and could extend offers in the future.

Newly appointed Chandler head coach Shawn Aguano, offensive lineman Zach Hemmila, RB/DB Paul Perkins and defensive lineman Kisma Jagne were on Williams' visit as well. The Wolves finished last season's campaign with a 7-4 record but Williams is expecting the 2011 squad to be much improved over last year.

"Coach Aguano has been part of the staff here for ten years so he is very familiar with the team," Williams stated. "Are whole team last year was basically juniors so it's time for us to step up and be leaders for this team. We are very hungry and ready to have a good season."

The Chandler standout said that he plans to take an unofficial visit to Arizona on March 5th. On April 3rd he is scheduled to attend the Nike Elite 11 combine. "Those are the only two I have scheduled right now," Williams said, "but I plan on going to more events in the summer.

"The (ASU) coaches told me that I don't need an invitation and I can come and watch practice anytime I want. So I'm probably going to check some practices out."

Williams admitted that he would like to stay in-state to play college football, but at the same time didn't rule out the possibility of leaving Arizona after high school.

"I'm looking for a school that has a good passing offense," Williams said, "and a program where I can really focus on school. I also want to go to a school that has good facilities.

"I don't see myself making a decision before my season is over and I take my official visits."


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