Judging by his early offer list it's a safe bet that junior quarterback Marquise Williams will very likely be considered among the nation’s very best quarterbacks as the 2010 recruiting year unfolds.
Though many outside of the Charlotte area haven't had a chance to see the Mallard Creek quarterback in action, there seems to be a consensus among college coaches -- Williams is a big-time player.
Williams' early offer list includes schools such as Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, and most of the ACC, including all of the schools on Tobacco Road. He spoke with Pack Pride not long ago and gave his thoughts on the Pack.
While Williams is close-lipped for the most part when it comes to talking about favorites and even where he stands on things in general, it was clear that he has built a solid relationship with the NC State coaches, and it appears as though the Pack will be a factor at least for the foreseeable future.
"I went to the State-Maryland game this year, and I'll probably go visit State again in a couple of weeks," Williams said. "The last time I talked to them they said they want me to come up. I'll talk to somebody from Carolina soon, too, because they're going to be here in Charlotte (for their bowl game).
“I talk to State all the time. They're all the time telling me how much they need me and all that. I talk to them a good amount. I talked to coach O'Brien once in his office, and I've talked to coach Bible, too. I had a good time at the game up there, but nobody's high (on his list) or low right now."
Williams also attended games between Virginia Tech and Miami, North Carolina and Miami, and Clemson and South Carolina. He said he and his family grew up as fans of Miami, and the Hurricanes have shown plenty of interest up to this point. It will be interesting to see how that bias impacts his recruitment over the course of the next year.
When asked whether the in-state schools, or the schools from surrounding states, would have an advantage based on their proximity to home, Williams replied, "That’s not a factor."
Williams led Mallard Creek to a 10-2 record, accounting for about 3,500 yards of total offense during his junior year. He is currently rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.