2016 Southwest Edgecombe (Pinetops, N.C.) running back Marcus Williams is set to make an impact as a junior. After finishing with 75 carries for 781 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore, there's a lot expected of him this year.
Southwest Edgecombe is already two games deep in their season and holds a 1-1 record. Williams and his squad claimed its first win of the year this past week. So far, he's taken control of his team's run game and has seen a good bit of success.
“My first game I only had five carries,” Williams told Inside ECU Sports. “They were trying to save me because of my hamstring injury. My second game, I had three touchdowns and ran for 120 yards. That was very good.”
With such a strong showing early in the season, he's already well on his way to having another stellar season.
Williams' performance on the field is all about turning heads. However, he had his attention grabbed in a big was when he took a visit to Duke this past weekend.
“The visit was really nice,” said Williams. “I had a good conversation with some of the coaches...I feel like I was welcome any time. It's a good vibe out there. I like how they were playing. The running backs were great there. It was very good.”
Other programs that have shown interest in Williams' services are East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson and Wake Forest. Over the summer, he camped at Wake Forest and stood out with a 40-yard dash time of 4.44—a camp best.
Williams hasn't had much contact with the Pirates as of late. He'd like to make a visit for a game and become more familiar with the coaching staff this fall.
“I actually want to come out to a visit for a game,” said Williams. “If possible, hopefully they'll contact me or contact my coach...I'd like to go to the ECU-UNC game. I went to the one last year. ECU came out with the victory then. That was very good. I wasn't expecting that.”
If Williams can arrange that, he'd get the chance to check out two of the teams he's most interested in.
“I know some coaches are talking about seeing highlights and stuff,” said Williams. “That's what my coach was talking about as well. By like the fifth game, I'll put some highlights out there and I'll have older stuff coming out, too, so college coaches can see me and contact me.”