NC State is one of five schools that have verbally offered Cincinnati (OH) Sycamore tight end A.J. Williams.
The other schools that have offered Williams are Boston College, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo. That list is sure to grow as more schools see Williams' film or watch him at camps and combines in the months ahead.
One of the reasons Williams is such an intriguing prospect is the fact that you simply don't see many 6-6, 260-pound prospects with the real potential to play tight end in college.
"Most schools are recruiting me for tight end," Williams told Pack Pride early this week. "But we didn't pass the ball a lot so some schools are questioning whether or not I can catch. Those schools want me to play offensive line. Mostly it's tight end though."
Williams said NC State is recruiting him as a tight end. That's the position he would prefer to play, though he said he could reconcile himself to the idea of moving to the offensive line. No schools are sticking out at this point.
"I wouldn't say I have any favorites in particular," he said. "I'm really fond of everyone."
That said, Williams sure sounded thrilled when he talked about his offer from NC State.
"They offered me Saturday evening," he remembered. "I had called the coaches just to check in. I hadn't talked to NC State in a while so I was just calling to check in and see how things were going. That's when they dropped the news on me. They told me I was being offered.
"Honestly I thought I was being lied to," he laughed. "I was like, 'Are you serious?' I mean, NC State's a really nice school to go to. I was extremely excited."
Williams said he has been in contact with NC State since the beginning of his sophomore season. The Wolfpack had been recruiting offensive lineman Justin Murray, who ended up signing with Cincinnati, from the Class of 2010.
"They come up to the school every once in a while," he said. "I guess my coach told them I was a guy with potential. My coach sent them my film and everything. They said they loved it. Everybody watched it and they liked it."
Michigan's coaches have told Williams that they will continue to evaluate him and decide on an offer shortly. Illinois, Virginia and some other schools are also showing interest. For now, though, he's content with the offers he already has.
"I definitely plan to head down to NC State," he said. "I've heard the campus is beautiful. I know for a fact I'm going down there. I'm going to get up to Michigan State too. I'm also thinking about going to see Michigan and Indiana. I want to go to a lot of junior days."
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