Marquise Williams didn’t really know what to expect when he took a recent unofficial visit to NC State. However, he came away pleasantly surprised by what he saw from the Wolfpack program during his trip.
The 6-4, 218-pound quarterback has led Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek to a 10-1 record and a victory in the first round of the state playoffs this past Friday. In a 28-7 win over Hopewell, Williams rushed for 102 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns and also added another score through the air. Up next is a huge rematch against perennial power Independence, who defeated Mallard Creek by one point earlier in the year.
On the recruiting front, interest has come from all over and Williams is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after in-state players for the class of 2011. He told Pack Pride that recently he has been in contact with every school from the ACC, as well as Florida, LSU, Georgia and some others. Most of those programs have already extended offers, but he isn't letting it go to his head.
Williams was in Raleigh for the Pack's win over Maryland a couple of weeks ago and he was pleasantly surprised with how the trip went.
"I was up there when they played Maryland," he said. "I thought the atmosphere was gonna be boring, but I thought it was pretty cool. My dad's best friend graduated from school there and he said, 'You need to go to State. The atmosphere is crazy.' Then they have a cheerleader I know who said the atmosphere is crazy. Now I'm like, 'Man, they weren't playing. They're crazy over there.'"
The highlight of the trip, aside from the atmosphere at the game, was talking to head coach Tom O'Brien in his office.
"I got to talk to coach O'Brien about how he's building the program. They're still trying to get those wins, even with the injuries. That's what I like about him. He's so confident in what all his other players can do. Some guys would say they don't know how it's gonna go with all those guys out, but for him it doesn't matter who they've got."
Williams attended the North Carolina-Miami game this past weekend in Chapel Hill. He also wants to check out Virginia Tech during the weekend of the NC State game, and he should be at the South Carolina-Clemson game in Columbia as well.
"All my options are open to everyone," he said. "If they give me a chance they're an option."