Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) junior offensive tackle Jauan Williams arrived 30 minutes after opening kickoff Sept. 13 for the Maryland-West Virginia game at Byrd Stadium, but for Terps purposes that was probably best. UMD struggled out of the gate before engaging in a back-and-forth affair that the Mountaineers eventually won on a last-second field goal, 40-37.
“The atmosphere was great and everyone was real hype,” said the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Williams, who holds more than 25 offers and is a prime UMD target. “It was a packed house with fans from both teams, and everyone was cheering and making the game live and fun. So it was a lot of fun and definitely one of the better Maryland games I’ve been too. Me and my mom had a real good time, even though it rained.”
Williams has attended several Terps games the last couple years and has visited the campus numerous times the last several months. He plans to be back in College Park again Oct. 4 for Maryland’s game against Ohio State. He said this WVU bout, though, offered him the chance to watch the Terps’ new-look offensive line under assistant Greg Studrawa, who Williams would like to get to know more in the future.
“From what I could tell the offensive line played a great, great game,” Williams said. “I think they really performed well [Sept. 13], and it was obvious they were well coached. It was a lot different from what I saw last year. It was good to see them perform that way – they did a wonderful, awesome job.”
While Williams doesn’t have a long relationship with Studrawa yet, he’s known his area recruiter, Mike Locklsey, for years. Williams obviously didn’t speak to Locksley prior to the game, but afterwards the two chatted for a few minutes.
“Coach Locksley was just saying, ‘What’s up?’ and wanted to find out how my season was going, who I played so far, who I had coming up, and when I could make it back up [to Maryland],” Williams said. “I’m pretty sure I’m getting back up there for the Ohio State game.
“I have a real good relationship with Coach Locksley. He’s an easy guy to talk to and I like him.”
The aforementioned OSU affair will likely be the next college game Williams takes in as Carroll plays several times on Saturday afternoons. After that, he’s trying to see the Penn State-Ohio State game in State College, Pa., Oct. 25 and then Notre Dame take on Navy Nov. 1.
“I’ll probably get to a couple more games, just depending on my schedule,” Williams said. “I’m still planning things out, seeing what schools come in. A lot of schools have been hitting me up [via social media] and want me to visit. No leaders right now; I’m just taking it in, deciding what schools to see.”
Williams may not want to name leaders, but the Terps remain in solid position for his services. Locksley and Co. have been after him since his freshman year, and the staff’s persistent efforts have resonated.
“I like the idea of staying home, being a hometown guy representing [the local school],” Williams said. “I think if a lot of the top [local] guys stay home, Maryland can win big. So it’s [staying home] something I’m thinking about, something I’ve talked to [other recruits] about. But we’ll see; I haven’t decided yet. I could see myself going away for college too.”
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