When we last saw Jaison Williams (6-4, 212 lbs., 4.49 in the 40, 260 bench press, 2.6 GPA, 840 SAT) he had just received an official offer from U-M Head Coach Lloyd Carr. I wanted to find out how his recruiting has been since.
"Things have been good. It's kinda slow now and I'm just trying to ride the summer out. I'm getting letters from schools but that's about it."
Can you update your top five?
"Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma, Oregon, and West Virginia, in that order."
Have you received any offers since we last spoke?
"Yes, Oregon just sent me an offer letter last month. Right now I have offers from Michigan, Washington, Oregon, and West Virginia."
Do you have a favorite?
"Michigan is my favorite. I'd put it like this, Michigan 45%, Washington 30%, Oregon 20%, and Oklahoma and West Virginia take the last 5%."
What are your plans for the summer?
"Right now we're doing summer drills and 7 on 7 leagues. We have a tournament tomorrow (Thursday) in Long Beach against teams like St Bonaventure, Mater Dei, Hart, Venice, and South Hills."
Tell me a little of what you like about each school in your top five.
Michigan - "I like their tradition and their style of football. From what I've heard it sounds like a real nice place, plus they play in front of a large crowd, and it's a great school."
Washington - "I like the environment and the weather up there. It's not too hot or cold and it rains a lot and I like rain, it would be a challenge to play in the conditions up there and I like a challenge."
Oklahoma - "I like the way they run their offense. They are always ranked at the top and have a great organization."
Oregon - "Oregon is a lot like Washignton except it's closer to home, I wouldn't have to travel so far to see my folks."
West Virgina - "It's funny, they were the first school to offer me. I had no idea any colleges were looking at me because I didn't think I was playing well. But they told me right away they really wanted me, and I have to respect that since they were the first."
How about a brief history of your recruiting experience.
"Well, as I said West Virginia was the first. They contacted me way back in November. One of their coaches was at our quarterfinal playoff games and asked (Culver City QB) Coach Goodyear about me. They talked to me a little bit and then wanted to signe me right there. That was the first time I knew of that I was being recruited. I was really surprised because I didn't think I had played that well."
"Then in January I spoke to Mr. Kennedy from Washington. They had seen some of my game film and told me they liked what they saw, then he offered me a scholarship on the spot. They also told me they want me to come up for a visit. I guess they must see some potential because I don't think I've reached my peak and I can get a lot better."
"Michigan and Oklahoma came on about the same time. An Oklahoma coach was out here for one of my track practices in March. We didn't talk a lot, they said they need receivers this year because they haven't taken many in the last couple years. He said they had a lot of interest but there was no offer, and there still isn't."
"A little later Coach English came to my school and told me right when I walked in the office that they wanted me. He said I fit everything they want in a receiver and he offered me right there. I was like 'whoa, this is Michigan and they want ME?.' I didn't know what to say, this is one of the top schools in the country and they wanted me! Then, a couple weeks later I talked to Coach Carr and he gave me the official offer."
"I didn't find out until last month that I had an offer from Oregon. We talked a little bit when they came down to my school, but didn't offer. Then I received a letter from them. I've been getting so much mail and usually the letters just tell me about a school, it's academics and stuff, no big deal. But as I read the Oregon letter further I saw that it said they were offering me a scholarship to play football for them for the 2004 season. I'm thinking, 'These are some schools that are after me.' I'm just shocked and overwhelmed by all this. It's all still so new to me."
Do you have any visits set up?
"Washington wants me to come up in January. The Michigan coaches want me to come back for the Michigan-Notre Dame game in September, but it's not final yet. I don't have any other visits set up."
When will you make your decision?
"Probably not until signing day in February. I'll just call the coaches up, I don't want to make a big deal out of it."
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