One of the top in-state wide receivers this year will likely be Marshall Williams from Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina. At 6-1, 170 pounds, Williams is a long, lanky prospect with blazing speed and impressive athleticism. He recorded a 34-inch vertical leap earlier this year at the Scout.com combine held at Duke and a couple of blazing 40-yard dash times of 4.47 and 4.34-seconds at the Ragsdale Shrine Bowl combine.
As a junior, Williams hauled in 53 receptions for 777 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to all-conference and all-area honors. This spring, he's already garnered an early scholarship from Wake Forest as well as heavy recruiting attention from the likes of UNC, NC State, Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia, Nebraska and Duke.
Williams talked with Pack Pride recently about what he thinks college recruiters like about his game.
"Even though I'm kind of small, I'm very physical," said Williams. "I was used in the slot so I went over the middle a lot so I wasn't afraid to take the big hit. I've got the speed to go down the field and I've got the ability to get the ball and take it down the field."
Although still early in the recruiting process, Williams has been able to put together a solid list of favorites and talked a little about several of the standouts.
"My top five right now is Wake Forest, Clemson, South Carolina, NC State and Virginia," he said.
NC State: "I like NC State because year in and year out they've put out a pretty decent program. Coach Amato is a great competitor, and he gets his boys ready for every game. They also have a great educational system. I'm focused on Business but they have a good Business school also so I'm looking for the best athletic and academic combination."
Wake Forest: "I love Wake Forest. I went down there and talked to my recruiting coach, coach Mullins and it's just a family atmosphere there and that's what I love about it. They have good academics. Their business school is one of the best in the country and they have good athletics. I like the fact that they care as much about their guys off the field as they do on the field."
Clemson and South Carolina: "I'd like to go to a place like South Carolina or Clemson because they're offensive schools, and I know I'd get the ball."
Although Williams didn't list UNC in his top five, he made it clear that Carolina is a school he'd love to hear more from.
"I've been a UNC boy all my life," Williams said. "I grew up following North Carolina. I'd really like them to offer me but sometimes it doesn't work out that way."
If the Heels are to jump on the bandwagon then they'll likely need to do so soon. Williams plans to take in several one day camps and hopes to have a college decision made in the next month or so.
"I'd like to commit by the end of June because by then I will have been to all my camps," he said. "So once I talk to a few more college coaches I'll be ready to make my decision."