The four-star Durham (N.C.) Hillside running back spoke with FOX Sports Next about the latest developments in his recruitment
Last month, Donte Thomas-Williams narrowed his list to Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and West Virginia.
"It felt good to get it down to four," said the 6-foot-1, 217-pound Thomas-Williams. "It just felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I feel like West Virginia, Clemson and Florida State are neck and neck right now and Notre Dame has kind of fallen back."
The Hillside star explained what he likes about each school.
West Virginia: "It just felt like you were at home," he said. "They treat you well up there. They're also real big on academics and they're taking their program to the next level."
Florida State: "I would be able to get my degree in three years. I would also have a big offensive line to block for me. It would be amazing. I have to get down there and see campus."
Clemson: "They were one of the first schools to offer and they've shown me a lot of love. It feels like home, too, and the coaching staff is amazing. Overall it's just great."
Notre Dame: "The visit was pretty cool. They're still high up there and I'm just learning more about the program."
Thomas-Williams said he plans to take official visits to all four schools.
Many people have wondered whether Thomas-Williams and teammate Trevion Thompson will play together in college. However, that may or may not be the case.
"I know our top schools are pretty close, so it's a possibility," he said.
The Hillside standout feels good about the upcoming season.
"Our senior bond is just amazing right now," he said. "Everybody is pulling for each other. Also, our whole offensive line is back and that's great. They have a great connection."
He is in no hurry to make a decision.
"I want to wait a while," he said. "I want to take as much time as I can. I don't want to think about recruiting that much during the season, but I'll keep it in mind."
Hillside opens their season on August 23 against New Bern.
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