After extending offers to two Northeast High School stars in Oakland Park, Fla, the Wolfpack recently decided to throw their hat in the ring with a third member of the south Florida school. WR Darian Williams joined RB Bo Williams and LB Josh Hartigan as players boasting Wolfpack offers.
At 6-1, 185 pounds with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Williams accumulated 29 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns en route to all-conference honors in 2005. That production along with a wealth of potential has led to scholarship offers from NC State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Central Florida, Arizona State, Auburn, Minnesota and Rutgers. Williams recently talked with Pack Pride about what he feels has helped him earn so much early college interest.
"Well, I'm a guy that loves to go across the middle and I don't mind contact," he said. "I also play basketball so I like to go up and try to take the ball away from the DB. I'm just looking to make the big play whenever I can."
Williams made several big plays last week in the team's first scrimmage when he came up with 120 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Nova High School.
On the recruiting front, Williams says he's got five schools that he's keeping a close eye on as he heads into his senior season.
"Right now, it's Arizona State, Pittsburgh, NC State, Tennessee and Central Florida," said Williams. "I would say UCF and Arizona State seem to be recruiting me the hardest. I've got an official visit to Arizona State set for Sept 8 and one to UCF on Dec 8th."
The Wolfpack jumped into the mix when the Pack extended their offer and Williams talked about State.
"I've always had interest in NC State," said Williams. "They've got a good overall football program. I've talked a lot with my recruiting coach, coach Stroud, and he's told me a lot about their program. He says they like to throw the ball and that's something I like. He's a good coach and I like him a lot."
Williams does not appear to be in any hurry to make a college decision as he says he plans to take all of his visits before committing anywhere. He has a few prerequisites he'll be considering when decision-time finally arrives.
"I really don't mind going out of state so that's not a big deal," he said. "I'm going to be looking at the football program, their tradition and if they have the academic field I'm looking for. I'd like to major in architecture design. The environment at the school will be important too."
Williams is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.