2016 ATH Visits ECU

2016 Southwest Edgecombe (Pinetops, N.C.) athlete Marcus Williams Jr. is seeing more interest from college coaches daily and has heard from ECU. Inside ECU sports spoke with him about his relationship with the Pirates and his recent game day visit.

Marcus Williams Jr. from Southwest Edgecombe in Pinetops, N.C. is an extremely versatile player with flat out speed. His recorded 40-yard dash time of 4.44 seconds makes it easy to see why so many college programs could be on the verge of offering him.

Back on Sep. 16, the Duke Blue Devils extended Williams his first Division I offer. Other schools could be close to extending him an offer as well.

“I’ve been hearing from Duke, ECU and Mississippi State the most,” said the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Williams. “I was going to take an unofficial visit to Mississippi State because I was invited, but I couldn’t because it was too far. Notre Dame is another school I’m hearing from.”

It’s apparent Williams has no shortage of premier college football programs paying him attention. He camped at UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest this summer and stopped by Duke on Oct. 18 for its win over Virginia.

On Oct. 4 Williams made a trip to ECU to watch the Pirates play its inaugural American Athletic Conference game against SMU. The visit was a success.

“ECU left a great first impression on me,” said Williams. “I got to speak with (head coach) Ruffin McNeill in his office before the game and he treated me like his own player. He gave me a hug, which I wasn’t expecting, but he showed me how family oriented the team is. It’s nice to start building a relationship.”

Williams’ relationship with ECU is still in its infancy. The visit for the SMU game was the first time he had been to campus and Williams mentioned the two sides are still figuring each other out.

ECU Associate Head Coach John Wiley is in charge of Williams’ recruitment and the two speak almost regularly.

“Wiley has told me (ECU) could use me in the offense,” said Williams. “They could be close to offering me soon, we talk about that every time we speak to each other. Wiley told me they would like me at running back, slot receiver or on special teams.”

While most schools are recruiting Williams strictly on offense, he is a versatile player that spends time playing on both sides of the ball. His speed gives him the ability to hit the home run play on offense or affect the game with a turnover on defense.

Williams knows his speed is something special, but his focus on his craft remains the same. He is working hard on honing his skills at the wide receiver position in order to offer another facet to his game.

Through the first eight games this season Williams has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground and accounted for eight rushing touchdowns. It’s likely his recruitment will take off once his junior season concludes. Williams is prepared to get out on visits this summer and hopefully land more offers.

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