Williams Updates Recruitment

CORNELIUS, N.C. --- Following three official visits, Marquise Williams remains verbally committed to North Carolina. However, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback still plans on taking his final two official trips.

"Right now, I'm just chilling [and] I'm firm with UNC, as of right now" Williams said after rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for a score in a 52-0 rout of Hough High School (in which he sat out the second half). "Anything else goes, I'll know later. I think I'm going to have an [official] visit with LSU and [N.C.] State and that will wrap it up for my five [official] visits."

Williams, who will graduate from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek High School in December, isn't sure when he'll take those two official visits.

"I have just got to feel that [UNC is] the best spot for me," Williams said. "I'm just relaxing [and] taking it day-by-day. Anything could happen, so I have to have a fallback plan."

After official trips to Michigan and Virginia Tech, Williams officially visited UNC a week ago.

"[The UNC official visit] was awesome," Williams said. "I just got to hang out with players [and] just see how they do things. The fans were good. It was awesome – I can't say anything bad about Carolina."

Williams has made several visits to UNC in the past. During his official visit, though, he was able to see more of the academic side.

"The facilities of the classrooms [and] how they do things – that's beautiful," Williams said. "I like how they really help out their students. I think they really get down to business with their class work. I liked [seeing] the stuff like that."

Freshman wide receiver Reggie Wilkins served as Williams' player host. Both Williams and Wilkins are originally from Shelby.

"It was fun [hanging out with Wilkins]," Williams said. "But I got to hang out with T.J. Yates, Bryn Renner, and other players just to have fun and see how things are."

Williams also spent a lot of time with John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

"He said he can't wait to work with me," Williams said. "I can't wait to work with him, too."

Before concluding his UNC official visit, Williams met with Butch Davis.

"[The meeting] was all about coming up there and competing," Williams said. "[Davis said] ‘I can't promise you anything. But how you're looking, I think you can do it here.'"

Some of Williams' competition will come from Everett Golson, who recently announced he too will be enrolling in January.

"Both of us are going to go up there and compete," Williams said. "He's a good player.

"I heard he's enrolling early to play basketball."

Despite the drama of his recruitment, Williams' main focus is his senior football season. Mallard Creek ended the regular season Friday night undefeated and with state championship expectations.

"We've got to come out, hit the weights, watch film, and get ready for our next opponent… Independence knocked us out [in the] second round last year. We're trying to go to the state championship this year."

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