JaQuay Williams--An Impressive Prospect

JaQuay Williams goes in depth about his commitment to Auburn and his senior season. Sandy Creek head coach Chip Walker comments on his senior receiver, and video highlights are featured in this report.

Sandy Creek, Ga.--Jaquay Williams and the Sandy Creek Patriots moved to 6-0 last Friday with a 42-0 victory over Locust Grove. The final score was the same as the halftime score as the #1 team in Georgia AAA cruised along during the first half of play.

Williams, an Auburn commitment, found the end zone from 42 yards out on the third play from scrimmage.

"It was an Ontario-route," the 6-3, 190-pound receiver explained. "Ten (yards) and straight across the field. I caught it and went straight across the field and followed all of my blocks.

"I just saw all of my blocks," he added. "I've got faith in the offense and the other wide receivers. They always tell me in practice that if I'm running down field they're going to make their blocks. I just ran behind them."

Williams caught the ball in the middle of the field, found the sideline and dove into the end zone from the five-yard line for the score.

Williams only had one catch in the second half, but finished the night with six receptions for 150 yards. Most of those came on the first two possessions.

"That's the game plan every week," explained Sandy Creek head coach Chip Walker, "to get him the ball as much as we can. He's just an exceptional talent and a great young man. He can do a lot of things with the football.

"Tonight he did everything," Walker added. "He caught a short pass and made something out of it, he catches long passes, he returned a punt, he had a couple of knockdown blocks on the perimeter. He can just do everything. He's just as worried about the team. A lot of the time those superstars aren't like that.

"I'm sure JaQuay doesn't even consider himself a superstar. JaQuay is all about team. That's the most important thing about team. He wants to see himself do good, he wants to see the young guys do good and he wants to see the team do good. He is a joy to be around."

Aside from the score in the open minute of the game, Williams found the end zone just one other time on a punt return, but it was called back because of a block in the back.


JaQuay Williams

Teammate Shaq Wiggins, a junior cornerback who is already receiving offers, scored twice on defense--one on a 30-yard interception return and the other on a 35-yard fumble return.

"I'm trying to get him to Auburn," Williams said of Wiggins. "I'm going to the Florida and Alabama game. Me and Shaquille are staying over night for the Florida and Alabama game."

Williams and Wiggins also visited Auburn for the season opener against Utah State.

Sandy Creek has another big-time prospect, Florida commitment Quinteze Williams at defensive end.

"He's probably going to come too (to the Florida game)," JaQuay said. "I've begged him every day to look at Auburn, but he loves the Florida Gators."

Jaquay Williams committed to Auburn on June 15 after doing an extensive amount of homework on selecting his college choice. The cousin of New York Jets receiver Darrelle Revis, Williams grew up in the same home town as the NFL-lockdown corner in Aliquippa, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. He didn't move to the Atlanta area until he was in middle school.

Williams looked at schools North and South trying to find a place he could find home and felt best at Auburn and Ohio State. However, the turmoil in Columbus, Ohio made it an even easier pick for Williams.

His "primary" recruiter was Trooper Taylor, but Williams explained that it goes well beyond making a bond with his recruiter and his position coach for the next several years.

"Coach Troop, Coach Chiz (Gene Chizik), Coach (Curtis) Luper, Coach (Gus) Malzahn, I got to know all of the coaches," Williams explained. "You see, that's the thing about it. When you go to Auburn it's not just your position. That's why I was saying it was family. You can go down to Auburn right now and sit in the offensive line room while they're going over their stuff. It's like a family. There's nothing like that feeling at Auburn.

"If any recruit goes to Auburn, I think they'll commit. I didn't get that feeling anywhere else. I was looking for it, and I didn't know what to feel. People told me, ‘You're going to have that gut feeling.' I didn't ever have that gut feeling. I was always like, ‘Next college… Next college…' Then when I got to Auburn I felt it. It was like I had to be there.

"I went to over 40 schools," Williams added, "but when I went to Auburn it was different. When I stepped on campus it was different. There was just a different feeling when I went down there, and I said, ‘I've got to be here.'"

Commenting on his future position coach Taylor, Williams said, "He's an outstanding man. When I was getting recruited I wanted to see which man I could go to and which wide receivers coach I could have as a father figure. I look at him as a father because of the stuff he's been telling me and the plan I've got for when I go to Auburn. It's the right fit for me when I get to Auburn."

Even though Williams has four stars by his name and has his college commitment out of the way, Coach Walker said that his commitment right now lies with his Sandy Creek team and finishing out his senior season as a leader and trying to get the state championship.

"He's just trying to get better," Walker noted. "That's how he practices every day. He goes to practice every day trying to get better. He's got some things that he has to work on before he gets to the next level, but he goes to work. He tries to improve every game. I don't know how many catches he had tonight or how many yards, but he put on a pretty good show."

Throwing out of the end zone late in the first quarter, Williams made a leaping catch over a defender who had good coverage on the play. Asked if Williams brings the ‘wow-factor' to practice, Walker didn't hesitate. "All the time," he exclaimed. "He does it all time. He'll do something and the team will just stop practice."

Sandy Creek tries to stay perfect with an upcoming game against the 3-3 Jackson Red Devils coming up.

To watch Williams' highlights versus Locust Grove, click the link below.


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