Athlete wants to visit

Jonavaughn Williams was highly recruited by the previous coaching staff. Read on to see if he has heard from the new staff, where he is in his recruitment, and more.

With the high school football career over for San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) Junipero Serra Catholic High School athlete Jonavaughn Williams, he is now ready to fully enjoy the recruiting process and is focused on a host of Pac-12 schools.

"Recruiting is going pretty good right now, I'm just enjoying myself," Williams said. "I'm seeing what schools have to offer and where I want to go next year. I like Arizona, Arizona State, I like Oregon State a lot, Colorado a little bit and San Diego State. Washington State just recently started talking to me and there's a few more. I'm also talking to UCLA a little bit now."

The 6-foot, 195-pound wide receiver/defensive back was a target of former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops, and now that Rich Rodriguez has taken over for the Wildcats, he's become a prospect for the new coaching staff as well.

"My contact with Arizona has been cool, my coach called and asked if my offer still stood and it does," Williams said. "They've been sending me the normal letters and letting me know how they're doing and things like that. It hasn't been too major, but the fact that the offer still stands is good."

Rodriguez and his staff have been in a bit of a whirlwind getting assembled, settled, and out on the road recruiting, so the nation's 145th best receiver plans on making things a bit easier on the coaches at Arizona by reaching out to them in the near future.

"I'll probably call them in the next week and figure out stuff and see if I can get out there on a visit," Williams said. "I want to find out where they like me at for next year because it could change based on the new coaching staff. I'm going to find out where everything is at and talk about a visit."

While he has yet to meet Rodriguez in person, Williams remembers the coach from his days at West Virginia, and even though his offer is as a defensive back, he's not opposed to lining up at receiver in the spread option system.

"I remember coach Rodriguez at West Virginia with all of those good players like Pat White," Williams said. "I'm kind of familiar with him a little bit just from watching them in years past, his offense is pretty interesting. Playing receiver would be cool, but originally I was being recrutied on the defensive side of the ball and I don't really know how the defense plays.

"I would probably play receiver if they wanted me to play on the offensive side of the ball."

Williams has already taken a few official visits, and is definitely open to using one of his three remaining trips to make the journey down to Tucson to meet Rodriguez and his staff face-to-face.

"I took an official to Colorado and an official to San Diego State, and I would love to get out to Arizona," Williams said. "It's just something that needs to be worked out, along with all of my visits next month."

If he's able to make the trip out to Tucson, Williams knows exactly what he needs to find out from the coaching staff to keep Arizona in the hunt for his services.

"I just want to hear that they're turning it around and they want to win," Williams said. "I know they have some guys and they played well at times this year, like when they beat UCLA. I just want to know that they're ready to compete for the Pac-12 South Championship."

Even though Williams is planning a decision near Signing Day in February, don't be surprised if the three-star prospect makes the call while on one of his remaining trips before that date.

"If I like Arizona or a school during the visit, I'll probably make my decision then," Williams said. "It'll probably be a late date, late January would be an ideal time."

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