Big-time 2014 defensive lineman visits ECU

E. E. Smith (Fayetteville, N.C.) defensive-tackle Arthur Williams is one of the top defensive targets in the 2014 class. He visited East Carolina for camp last weekend.

Arthur Williams, DT, 6-5 298 lbs, E. E. Smith High School, Fayetteville, North Carolina

At 6-foot-5 298 pounds, Arthur Williams is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive front and the Pirate coaching staff would love to have his services. He camped at ECU last Sunday and had good things to say about his time in the Pirate Nation.

"It was great," Williams said. "We pulled up to the facility and saw purple and gold everywhere. It was Pirates this, and Pirates that all over the place. They (ECU) had a great environment and I saw they were remodeling which is another thing I liked. I met (Defensive Line) Coach Marc Yellock and Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and they were great. They told me they wanted to improve on defense and wanted me there. I like how they emphasized that football is not a business it's a family.

Williams believes the visit helped him get a feel for what ECU is about.

"My idea about them (ECU) improved a lot," he said. "Before I visited I heard the area was ECU everything, but I didn't necessarily believe it. When I finally went and saw it for myself I was proved wrong on this one. It's a football town."

Living in Fayetteville, N.C. makes Greenville an easy drive for Williams.

"I like that it is close to home," he said. "I like that if I wanted to get some footwork done I can go to beach because it's not that far either. My favorite part was the weight room; I can look out the window and see the field (Dowdy-Ficklen). It would be a nice reminder of what I'm working toward.

ECU is high in his mind, but Williams is hearing it from all sorts of big-time programs.

"I heard a little from Alabama," he said. "I've also heard from Georgia, Florida State, Miami, UNC Chapel Hill, Clemson and still waiting to hear from South Carolina next weekend. Other programs that have reached out include West Virginia, Missouri and Michigan. It's a tie between N.C. State and Miami for who is pursuing me the most, they keep going back-and-forth, it seems like they're almost competing."

As of right now, the Pirates are in the top six schools for Williams. The other schools he likes are South Carolina, Florida, LSU, Miami, and N.C. State and Clemson who are tied.

Williams has had a busy summer early, but he plans on traveling more before his senior year.

"I just left camp at UNC Chapel Hill," he said. "I'm going to a couple more camps and then I'll stop and start focusing on working out to be prepared for the season. From there on, I plan on doing it big during the season and committing at some point."

Committing early is something Williams has also considered.

"It really has been on my mind to commit early," he said. "I'm going to sit down with my coach tonight and talk about doing it. If I don't end up doing it early, then I'll either do it at the beginning of senior year or wait until signing day."

Williams would be a huge pick-up for the Pirate defense. He has a ton of schools communicating with him but ECU, Miami and Florida State are the only schools to offer thus far.

His visit seems to have left a good impression on him, but the Pirates have to keep up the pursuit if they want to land this talented 2014 defensive lineman.

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