Pack Offers Williams

NC State has made an early offer to 2013 athlete Juwaan Williams. Pack Pride has the latest on his recruitment and his early thoughts on the Wolfpack.

Tucker, Georgia is home to Class of 2013 athlete Juwaan Williams, one of the Peach State's most versatile junior prospects.

NC State is one of four schools that has verbally offered Williams, along with East Carolina, Wake Forest and UCF.

So far Tucker is 6-0 on the year. As you might expect Williams is pretty happy with where things stand.

"I've played well," Williams told Pack Pride. "I've helped my team in situations where they've needed me. At times I've made suspect decisions but my teammates are patting me on the back and telling me to get back at it when I need to."
Williams is Tucker's quarterback but he also gets spot duty in the defensive secondary. The school runs a Wing-T offense and does most of its damage on the ground.

"We spread the ball around pretty evenly," he said. "I rack up a good amount of yards each game. I would say I pass it four or five times a game."

It's likely that Williams will move to wide receiver or defensive back in college simply because his athletic skill set is better suited for those positions than quarterback. While some high school quarterbacks resist the idea of moving to another position Williams seems reconciled to it.

He told Pack Pride that he's up to 6-2 and 180-pounds.

"I have experience playing wide receiver and DB," he added. "I played those positions last year. They needed me at QB this year."

Central Florida was the first school to offer Williams and that came in this past spring.

"It was exciting," he recalled. "I didn't know it was going to happen. Coach Kelly was talking to me a little bit and he just looked at my coach and said, 'I'm going to do it.' It was a shock to me. I didn't know it was going to happen.

"The other (offers) came gradually. NC State came the next week and Wake Forest and ECU came just this month."

How did three North Carolina schools get involved with the Georgia athlete?

"I believe they might have found out the same way," he said. "Coach Simmons from ECU during the spring told me he was going to come back and see me, that he had some film on me.

"I haven't visited any schools yet. I'm planning on visiting them either sometime this month or next month and I'll definitely be visiting them in the summer."

In addition to the schools that have offered Williams said he has heard a lot from Georgia Tech. He gets letters almost every day from the Yellow Jackets and has spoken to their coaches several times.

"I wouldn't say I have any favorites," he said. "If I could put a list together I would but I don't really want to right now. I'm looking at how far these schools are from home. I would say North Carolina is a good distance. I don't want to be too far from home to where I can't get back but I don't want to be able to be so close that I can't reach out on my own.

"I want to check out the academics and what they're like, and what the (coaches) want me to do and how fast I can make an impact for the team."

What does Williams think of NC State?

"I know a pretty good bit about them. I was actually interested in them because of the way the whole Russell Wilson thing was working out before he transferred. Now I don't know what's going on with them. I'm not sure what position they want me for," he said.

"Wake Forest, I've heard a little about them. One time I talked with Coach Galloway and he gave me a good bit of information about them. I really didn't think of them as much but now that I've seen them play I'm impressed. They had a big win against Florida State. That was a great win for them. I really like the system they're running and I would love to be a part of it.

"For UCF, a couple of (his teammates) went there before me so I'm real familiar with them. They give kids an opportunity to play. That was one of my main points going over it with my mom. I just want an opportunity to show what I can do. I think the whole coaching staff over there gives freshmen an opportunity to show up and fight for a starting position.

"I don't really know a lot about ECU. They have one of our alumni over there who just went in the draft but other than that I don't know too much."

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