Juwaan Williams Names An Early Leader

If you were to ask any college coach, they would tell you that one of the most important factors in building a successful program is having success recruiting quality players from local high schools. One such player that the Georgia Tech coaches are keeping an eye on for the class of 2013 is quarterback/athlete Juwaan Williams from Tucker (GA) High School.

At 6-feet, 173-pounds, Juwaan Williams is being recruited to play wide receiver or defensive back by the vast majority of the college on his list. In fact, Georgia Tech is the only school that it looking at Williams for a different position.

"Georgia Tech is recruiting me as a quarterback," Williams said following his team's 37-6 win over Miller Grove (GA) High School on Friday night. "I don't really have a preference for which position I play at the next level. I would like it if I could play on offense, but it won't be a factor in my decision."

When Williams does get around to making that decision, he will have plenty of options to choose from. He is in frequent contact with coaches from Georgia Tech, Boston College, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky, and has already earned offers from Wake Forest, East Carolina, Central Florida and North Carolina State.

Even with those four offers in hand, it is a school that has yet to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer that currently stands out to Williams.

"Georgia Tech is leading right now, but I wouldn't necessarily call them the favorite. I get emails or letters from them everyday, and Coach Speed makes the recruiting process very easy on me. He encourages me every time we talk."

If Williams were to end up in Atlanta, he would likely have a much smoother transition to Paul Johnson's spread option offense than most incoming quarterback recruits because of his high school's offensive system. Although Williams estimates that he is only asked to make option reads on 15% of Tucker's offensive plays, many of the fundamental philosophies remain the same between the offenses.

While it appears that the Yellow Jackets may have a leg up on the competition as of right now, there is still plenty of time for other schools to make up some ground.

"I want to be committed by August, before the start of my senior season. Right now, I just want to finish this season strong and see if any other schools get involved with my recruitment. During the offseason, I will sit down with my family and discuss my options, and I will choose the school that is the best fit for me."

So what factors will be the most important in his decision?

"The biggest factors will be how close it is to home, the school's academics and how much of a difference I can make at the school."

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