North Carolina is Still Pressuring Juice

Despite his verbal commitment to Illinois, North Carolina's coaching staff continues to apply the pressure to Isiah Williams in hopes of a last-minute change of heart for the four-star recruit.

"[North Carolina] is still to recruiting me hard," said Williams. "They call me, text message me, and have came and visited. They are telling me how much they want me, how much I'm needed, and how much this recruiting class needs me."

Williams, a 6-foot-2 220-pound dual-threat quarterback from Chicago (Ill.) Vocational, verbally committed to the Fighting Illini in late May, but reopened his recruitment in the fall and took an official visit to North Carolina in November. Shortly after his official visit with Illinois, Williams solidified his commitment and cancelled other scheduled official visits.

Before the December dead period, North Carolina sent some coaches to Chicago to make another pitch and more recently had coaches in attendance for Williams' January 6th basketball game.

The special attention is beginning to influence Williams.

"I would say they are kind of putting a lot of things in my mind," said Williams. "But, I think I know what's best for me and what I have to do. Anything is possible, but as of right now I'll be signing with Illinois."

Regardless of his pledge, Williams sees many positives of becoming a Tar Heel.

"Everything about North Carolina is on the positive side," said Williams. "They take football very, very serious – not only football, but basketball as well. The academics are great. They have one of the most beautiful campuses."

Individually, Williams had an amazing senior season completing 56 percent of his passes for 1,841 yards, while rushing for 1,441 yards on just 66 carries (21.8-yard average). He totaled 17 all-purpose touchdowns.

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