After undergoing surgery last December, rehabbing all summer and spending part of the spring and fall at Oldsmar Christian School (Fla.), Williams recently returned to Marianna High. This weekend the 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard is traveling to the Louisiana campus for his first official visit.
Williams claims offers from the Ragin’ Cajuns, Troy, South Alabama, FIU, Murray State, USF, Chattanooga, College of Charleston and Middle Tennessee and interest from Louisiana Tech, Florida State, Georgia Tech and UCF. Mississippi State and Tennessee offered before coaching changes.
“Really I want to see what kind of psychology program they have and get a feel for the environment there and what it’s like,” Williams said Thursday night. “It’s important for me to see how I would fit in there with their players and the coaches.”
Williams earned all-county honors as a sophomore after averaging 24 points per game and was posting huge numbers (29 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apg) when he tore his meniscus in Marianna’s seventh game last season.
“I’m known for my athleticism and my ability to guard the 1, 2 and 3 and hit shots uncontested and contested,” Williams said. “I play with a really, really high motor and play above the rim. You can call me a combo guard because I can play a little bit at the 1 as well. College coaches said they like my toughness, leaping ability and that I can hit shots and get it done on defense.”
After having surgery in December, Williams transferred to Oldsmar Christian School to finish the spring semester and rehabbed over the summer before returning to play travel ball for Florida-based Team Breakdown, which included several high-major recruits. He expects to be 100 percent before Marianna’s season starts in a few weeks.
“I guess you could say I was a little homesick,” Williams said. “I like Oldsmar. They have a great program. I just felt like I needed to come back home.”
Williams said he has yet to schedule any other official visits and has no timetable for making his college decision and signing a binding national letter of intent. The NCAA’s early signing period is Nov. 11-18, and the spring period is April 13 to May 18.
“Coming into this visit I just want to play it by feel and we’ll see whatever happens,” Williams said. “I’m going into it with an open mind.”
Williams added that he’s looking at several factors when it comes to making his college choice.
“The things I’m looking for in a school include the academic program, how I would fit in there, their practice style and the offense they run,” he said. “I also need to consider what it would be like being there away from home for four years.”
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