Marquise Williams is out to prove that he is among the nation’s premier quarterbacks. From camp visits to combines to sending out highlight tapes, the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder doesn’t miss a beat.
“I have just been doing everything I can, and lately that has meant a lot of combine events,” said Williams, who most recently competed in the VTO Elite 100 Combine last Saturday, which was held on his home field at Mallard Creek High School. “I am out here showing coaches across the country that I can play with the top passers. Right now I feel like I am doing that.”
A Charlotte, N.C. native, Williams reeled in early offers from the local schools, including North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. The offers away from the East Coast came as well, ranging from UCLA to LSU.
Williams, who passed for 2,400 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards, totaled 40 touchdowns in 2009, making him one of the most productive high school football players in North Carolina. Evidently, the Tiger coaching staff liked what they saw, offering Williams early - and beginning to recruit him even earlier.
“LSU probably started sending stuff to me when I was in the ninth grade,” Williams said. “When the offer came a while back it was one of my first, and I was surprised. But it also felt like another step with them. I know some of the coaches pretty well, and I hadn’t even gotten a chance to go and meet all of them. It has been a relationship that they built by staying in touch with me so much.”
After numerous conversations with the staff over the past few months, Williams is confident that the Tigers consider him one of their top priorities at the quarterback spot for 2011.
“Coach Miles said he likes me because I am such a dual-threat guy, and in the spread-type offense that they like to use, I would fit in well,” he said. “Some people think all I do is run, but they see now that I put up some numbers throwing the ball. I think the LSU coaches saw that too.”
With summer camps set to play out before his string of five official visits in the fall, the three-star prospect said that he is no rush to make an early call.
However, there are a few programs that are already putting the full-court press on.
“North Carolina, Virginia Tech and LSU are recruiting me the hardest,” Williams said. “The five official visits will help me see the places away from home, and hitting up Louisiana has to happen.
“It doesn’t matter to me right now if I stay home or go away for college, as long as I feel at home. I just want to be around fans dedicated to having a great program.”