The 6'5 prospect was intrigued by the thought of playing college basketball, but he knew that his best opportunity to succeed was on the gridiron.
"I liked playing AAU ball and basketball now," Jarvis Williams told Pack Pride. "In AAU I played in tournaments in Georgia, Las Vegas, here in Florida, and we did a lot of traveling. It was fun doing that, but I'm done with basketball after this year.
"I'm going to concentrate on football because I know that's what I'm best at. It's my best sport, and I am ready to hit the weights and keep getting better."
"He's got a great work ethic," said Jones High head coach Mike Cullison. "He's such a great athlete. Cincinnati actually said he could play football and basketball, he's that good of an athlete.
"He's a very aggressive kid. He'll block, and he's got everything you're looking for in a wide receiver. Barring injury, I really think he's going to make it to the league."
A relative unknown on the recruiting scene, Williams had a huge senior season. Checking in at 6-foot-5, 200-pounds, he tallied nearly 70 catches and 10 touchdowns to earn all-conference and all-state honors.
Following the season he saw his recruitment take off after a strong effort in the 2005 Central Florida All-Star game.
"I had four catches for 105 yards in that game," Williams said. "I played tight end some because the starting tight end was playing defensive end most of the game, but it didn't matter because I still made plays."
Rated the No. 25 player in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel, Williams garnered scholarship offers from Boston College, Houston, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and Cincinnati before NC State extended an offer.
Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato and wide receivers coach Dwayne Dixon stopped by Jones three weeks ago and offered after watching senior tape of Williams.
"I knew they were going to like my highlight tape because it shows all my abilities and skills," said Williams. "They couldn't talk to me, but they told my coach I had an offer that same day. I was glad they offered because it is a big, public school in the ACC."
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Williams visited East Carolina, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, and NC State, and following his trip to Raleigh he talked with his mom and coach about the pros and cons of each school. He narrowed his list to NC State, Wake Forest, and Cincinnati before committing to the Wolfpack.
"I committed to NC State [yesterday] during school," he said. "I told coach Dixon I was going to NC State, and he was excited. He put coach Amato on the phone, and I got to talk with him too.
"Coach Cullison told the Wake Forest coaches that I'm going to NC State. It was all left it up to me. Nobody was pressuring me to pick any school, they just left it up to me and that's where I wanted to go."
What were the deciding factors for Williams?
"They had good graduation rates at Cincinnati and Wake Forest is known for their academics," he said. "But, Cincinnati is far away and Wake Forest is a small, private school.
"I wanted to play in a BCS conference and at a big school, and NC State fit that the best."
Williams talked more about the reasons he committed to NC State.
I like that they recruit a lot of Florida players," he said. "There were a lot of players there that I got along with real good, and the coaching staff was great.
"The receivers were talking real good about coach Dixon and coach Trestman. When I was there we went over the offense, and they are trying to throw the ball a lot more."
Williams hopes to have a chance to play as a true freshman, and he believes that if he works hard this offseason, the opportunity will be there to impact right away.
"They said I'll have a chance to play early, but it's up to me if I start," he said. "I know it won't be easy, but I'm not afraid of competition. After my basketball season is over I'm going to hit the weights because I want to play next year."
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