Carroll's Williams Still Intrigued by Terps

CLIFTON, Va. -- Carroll 2016 OL Jauan Williams has seen his recruiting skyrocket, but he still has interest in Maryland.

CLIFTON, Va. -- Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) 2016 tackle Jauan Williams has already earned a national reputation, securing around 15 offers from programs such as Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and others. During the spring evaluation period, the 6-foot-6, 270-pounder added the Wolverines, Gators and Seminoles' offers, and he's bound to secure even more "name" suitors as the open period wanes on.

"Michigan, Florida and Florida State] all came at one time [April 22-25], and it was pretty exciting," said Williams, who mentioned that schools have been streaming through Carroll to talk to his coach about him. "I don't know much about Michigan yet but I'm probably getting up there for a visit.

"Florida was a big offer because it's a team I watched growing up. Their coach offered me when he came up to my school to talk to my coach. And Florida State, that was a real exciting offer too. They've been in touch and they like my game, and they offered when they came [to Carroll]."

While Williams had previously mentioned some early standouts, he's since backed off any comments regarding "favorites." With an ever-expanding offer list, he's content to sit back and evaluate without tipping his hand so early in the game.

"I'm very excited about all the offers I have," said Williams, whose full list of verbals include Maryland, North Carolina, UCLA, Clemson, Illinois, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, OSU, UF, FSU, PSU, UT and MU. "I'm going to give everyone the same consideration. No favorites. I'm going to be taking some visits this summer to see what some of these schools are like."

Those visits include Ohio State, Florida State, Florida and Maryland, among others that could crop up. He said there will be several factors he'll be looking for while on tour.

"One, I want to see how I'll fit in and what my chances are of playing early," Williams said. "I want to see how I like the school, what the program is like, and also how the education is and if they have my degree [gaming design]."

Maryland, the hometown school, was Williams' first offer before his sophomore season. Williams said he's been in contact with his recruiter, Mike Locksley, via Facebook, while he knows the Maryland assistant has been through Carroll to talk to his coach.

"Coach Locksley was just at Carroll [April 21]; he's a good guy," Williams said. "He messages me, tells me to work hard. It's nothing that big yet. We have a good relationship."

Williams went on to mention that Maryland is a young team and looks to be up-and-coming. He didn't have much to say about the Big Ten move other than he'll be interested to see how well the Terps hold up. Williams has also yet to meet new Terps line coach Greg Studrawa since the Carroll tackle hasn't been on campus for a visit since last year.

"I haven't been there since like last summer, so I have to get back," Williams said. "But it's still the same interest level. I have a lot of places to consider, but I still like Maryland. I know they have a new line coach, and I know it's a program that's up-and-coming.

"I think Maryland is a really exciting place right now. I want to get to know the new line coach more and get back there to see what is up since they got Damian [Prince] and everything. I think their new offensive line coach is good, he looks for kids with a lot of talent and I definitely want to get to know him better." Maryland's coaches have been hyping the "stay home" movement to many local recruits. In fact, players such as Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown have been known to reach out to many of the DMV elites, urging recruits to stick with the hometown program.

"I haven't made a decision on that [whether he wants to stay close to home for school] yet," Williams said. "I'm still thinking about it. It could go either way, honestly."

Williams recently performed at the NFTC combine and certainly held his own against some of the elite defensive tackles in attendance. He still has some mechanical issues to work though, however, and he said he'll be focusing in on those this offseason.

"I know I have to get stronger and quicker," Williams said. "And I'm working on hand placement, staying low, always moving my feet – things like that."

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