It wasn’t a great day for Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) and left tackle Jauan Williams Nov. 1, as the Lions lost to St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) 41-6, but the 6-foot-6, 283-pound class of 2016 four-star heard all about the local college team’s triumph in State College, Pa. Williams wasn’t able to watch the entire game, which ended in a 20-19 Maryland victory over Penn State, but he and his team were intrigued enough that they sought constant score updates.
“We heard all about it. We were actually watching the game on my coach’s phone before our game [Nov. 1],” said Williams, who holds more than 25 offers to date. “The last I saw it was just starting the second half, but I heard the scores and I saw the highlights of how they won. Wow, what a great win for Maryland – it was huge.”
While one victory probably won’t drive any national prospect to completely change his recruitment, Williams acknowledged this road win was significant for the program. He said it was important, because it shows top-level talents, namely those around College Park, Md., that the hometown school can win on a big stage.
“Like I said, it’s just a huge win. I think Penn State is the best team Maryland’s beaten in the last few years,” Williams said. “Maryland is a hardworking team, and all the effort they put in during the offseason, well, it’s paying off now. The Terps balled out [against PSU], and they deserved to win. I think this shows to guys around here that Maryland can beat some really good teams, and they’re moving in the right direction.”
Williams, though, didn’t want to say the Terps’ win would necessarily improve his standing with UMD. He already thinks highly of Maryland, along with a few other schools like PSU and Ohio State, and said he’s not going to be basing his college decision off of one November win.
“It was a good win for Maryland, but it doesn’t really help them or hurt Penn State,” said Williams, who was supposed to be in State College last weekend but was unable to make the trip. “I still like both teams, and I still think both have a lot to offer. I don’t really want to say any leaders right now; I have to see some more schools and then go from there.”
Williams will be in College Park Nov. 15 for the Terps’ showdown against Michigan State. It will be his third time at Maryland this fall; he previously visited UMD for the WVU bout and most recently the Terps’ win against Iowa.
“The Iowa game was awesome. The atmosphere was great, and when Stefon Diggs had that 53-yard touchdown, that set the whole place off,” Williams said. “The coaches were going off after that one, and it was real exciting. After the game I went down to the locker room and I talked to Damian Prince and a bunch of the coaches like Coach [Mike] Locksley, Coach [Greg] Studrawa and Coach [Randy] Edsall. They were all fired up, and that was great to see.”
The Carroll product said the staff didn’t tell him anything specific, but their basic message has been consistent from the outset.
“Coach Locksley, Coach Edsall, they’re just saying come to Maryland, because the program is about to blow up,” Williams said. “They’re saying they need a big left tackle like me, and if myself and some other guys around here stay home, Maryland can be real special. And that’s something I’m thinking about; I think Maryland is heading in the right direction. I’m excited to see what they do against Michigan State in primetime.”
After he takes in the UMD-MSU game, Williams will travel to Ohio State for its game against Michigan Nov. 29. He said he’ll arrive the day before in order to tour the school before heading to the game.
“I’ve never been [to OSU] before, so I’m real excited about that game too. It’s a big rivalry game,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
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