At 6-4, 200 pounds, wide receiver Jarvis Williams will give the Pack a sizable target over the course of his career at NC State. Hailing from Jones High School in Orlando, Fla, Williams talked about the move from Florida to North Carolina as well as the adjustments he's had to make to prepare himself for the step up to college football.
How's the transition gone so far from high school to college?
"It's a big difference because the speed is very fast and I've just had to get used to the speed and the strength like with DB's in the bump-and-run. It's coming along though because I'm getting better and smarter now that I'm on the college level."
What kind of adjustment does it take from being the man in high school to being a good player playing alongside a lot of other good players in college?
"It makes me work harder than I ever did before. In high school I was kind of laid back. I wouldn't work as hard in practice and would come out and play hard on game day. But I've been working my tail off in practice to show these coaches that I want to make a big impact my freshman year."
During the recruiting process, the coaches work hard to get you to their school. How does it change once you're on campus and a part of the team?
"It's been good. But they don't show any sympathy. Like during the scrimmage, I had a pass interference against the guy covering me but I dropped the ball. But they looked at it as a dropped ball because they said anything that touches your hands is a dropped ball so I still had to get disciplined after practice because of that drop. He's real tough but he wants us to be disciplined not to drop the ball and focus harder."
If you could name one thing, what's been the most difficult thing to adjust to in college?
"I'd say running. Everything is a fast pace. I always jogged but they don't want you to jog off the field. So from point A to point B, they want you to sprint."
Have any of the other wide receivers impressed you so far?
"I'd say LaMart Barrett and John Dunlap. They're good role models and they've been teaching me all about the offense and that's helped a lot because I would probably be real slow on the field right now if I had to learn it by myself."
What's been your impression of Marcus Stone so far during the time you've had to play with him?
"He's been lights out. I had to get used to how hard him and Justin Burke throw the ball. They just throw zips. It'll be whistling when I catch the ball. So I've had to adjust to that but I'm getting pretty used to it now. As long as I have my gloves, I'm good."
Is there any particular pattern that you enjoy running the most?
"My fade route...I can't be stopped on that. I'm 100% on a fade route."
How are the other freshmen receivers looking?
"They're looking good. Donald (Bowens) did good in the scrimmage yesterday so they like him pretty good. Darrell Davis is showing with his height that he can go and get the ball, too."