There is no such thing as an early start to the recruiting process. Coaches can never have too many interested prospects and the prospects can never have too many offers. The more the merrier.
That is exactly how Mallard Creek High School (N.C.) product Marquise Williams is approaching his recruitment. The talented gunslinger claims to already have reached the double-digit mark in offers and he couldn’t be any happier.
“Recruiting has been going good,” Williams expressed. “I’m really enjoying it. To be honest I didn’t expect it to be like this, though, with these kind of teams coming after me.”
Williams claimed to have picked up his latest offer from the University of Florida this past Monday as the Gators added their names to the mix with other programs such as LSU, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland and North Carolina State, among others.
“It feels good,” Williams said of having so many prestigious offers so early. “It kind of shows me that all of my hard work is finally paying off. Right now I am open to anybody and I am just happy to have a chance to play in college.”
As a junior, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound dual-threat quarterback threw for 2,100 yards and racked up another 1,300 on the ground while combining for 40 touchdowns. Those numbers proved Williams had the skills to perform under center at the prep level, but how do the college coaches assess his abilities?
“No one that has offered has said anything about me playing another position in college besides quarterback,” Williams confirmed. “I thought I did better this year than my sophomore year. We played against better teams and I played better.
“Some people question if can I run a pro style offense,” Williams continued. “I tell them I can run anything. I run the spread offense right now for my team because that is what my coach wants. That’s not because I couldn’t run a different style.”
Three of the teams to have not contested his abilities as a thrower also happen to be the three teams that stand out on his offer sheet. Their names appear larger than others due to various reasons.
“North Carolina is recruiting me the hardest right now,” Williams informed. “I like Florida because my cousin, Brandon Spikes, goes there and I like watching him play. And I don’t know much about LSU, but LSU is LSU and it would be hard for me not to give LSU a chance.”
Williams doesn’t have any unofficial visits set up heading into the New Year but he has been invited to LSU’s junior day in February. He isn’t sure if he will be able to make the long trek to Baton Rouge for junior day and if he can’t then he hopes to make it down during the summer for camp.
When he does finally make it to LSU and other campuses he knows just what he will be looking for as he embarks on the long journey known as the recruiting process.
“I haven’t really visited anybody yet, but I know they are all going to be wanting me to visit them soon,” Williams said. “And when I do go on my visits, I’m going to be looking for a coaching staff that works its players and that try to win it all. Academics will also be a big part of my decision.”