RB Jonathan Williams from Rose High School in Greenville, NC was one of the state's most productive backs in 2005. Yet, he's hardly received any mention on the recruiting trail for the class of 2007 despite his success. It's a safe bet, though, that he will likely emerge as a major prospect of interest before all is said and done this year.
At 6-2, 207 pounds and boasting 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Williams is a versatile athlete that has starred at running back, fullback and free safety. Despite sharing the running back load last year with Maurice Weaver, Williams still managed an impressive 1,534 yards on 136 carries and 23 touchdowns en route to all-conference honors. The rising senior also came up big in 2005's 4A state championship game as he rushed for 94 yards and two scores in helping lead the Rampants to their third straight title.
Recruiting has started to pick up for Williams as he's earned early offers from NC State and East Carolina to go along with heavy interest from UNC, Clemson, Kansas, Duke, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. So far this month he's fielded phone calls from NC State, UNC, Duke Georgia Tech, Virginia, South Carolina and Rutgers.
Williams gave a hint of where he may be leaning as far as a college choice goes but still appears to be somewhat open among all the teams recruiting him.
"I would say UNC is out front, then NC State but, really, I'm undecided on favorites right now," said Williams.
He talked further about the Heels and Pack.
UNC: "UNC always plays with a lot of heart. I like the coaches there and I've been liking their school since I was young."
NC State: "It's a great school. They treat you good down there, and the staff was very hospitable. Andre Brown is from my school and plays there but he left before I got here so I don't really know him."
While Williams has the size and versatility to play any number of positions in college he says he really prefers to play running back.
He will camp at UNC, NC State and the ECU team camp this summer. Williams does not have a timetable to make a recruiting decision.
COACH QUOTE: "I think his strength is unbelievable athletic ability. He can run, jump and is very strong. He's a quick learner and he understands the game. I think some things that he needs to work on are holding onto the ball and maybe a little more mental toughness." -- Rose Head Coach Greg Thomas
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