Williams Schedules Official Visit

With his regular season completed, Sylvester Williams has begun to schedule official visits.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound JuCo defensive tackle has set his first trip for this weekend to North Carolina.

"I've got a good relationship with some of the coaches down there [at UNC]," Williams said. "North Carolina is one of my top schools – I have a lot of interest in the program from all the research that I've done.

"I wanted to start weighing my options. [Officially visiting UNC this weekend] just fit into my schedule… They're trying to get me a direct flight right now."

Williams is tentatively scheduled to arrive at UNC at noon on Friday. The plan is for him to attend the basketball game that night against Lipscomb and then the football game against Virginia Tech the following day.

"I'll be able to see the atmosphere of every sport," Williams said.

Williams isn't sure how many of his allotted official trips he'll take. But, he's in discussions with Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Southern Cal, and West Virginia about potentially visiting.

"[Who I officially visit] is going to come down to who all I feel comfortable with coaching staff-wise," Williams said.

Williams originally established a strong relationship with former Tar Heel assistant coach John Blake and even scheduled an official visit in mid-September. When Blake resigned, Williams canceled that trip.

"I got a chance to talk to Coach [Butch] Davis," Williams said. "He made me feel good about the situation."

Williams receives a call from a UNC coach once a week. During each call, the phone is passed around to several UNC coaches.

"Really, they're just talking about [how] they need me to help up front, they need me to come and stop the run for them, and come in and fill some big shoes and replace some dominant defensive tackles," Williams said.

Williams, who has two years of eligibility remaining plus a red-shirt season, will graduate from Coffeyville (Kan.) CC in December and enroll at his chosen school in January. However, he's unsure when he'll decide which school he'll transfer to.

"I'm not in any rush to make a decision right now," Williams said. "This is a new experience for me and I want to make sure I get everything out of it that I can. There's really no rush – it's just when I feel comfortable."

Williams' official visits will play a major role in his collegiate decision.

"The most important thing is the coaching staff and the strength coach," Williams said. "I have a great strength coach here [at Coffeyville]. I learned a lot from him. I want somebody that could continue that and help me get stronger.

"I want to meet some of the players, [get a feel for] the atmosphere, and see where I really fit into the program."

Williams didn't begin playing football until his senior year at Jefferson City (Mo.) High School. After graduating in 2008, he worked in a factory before enrolling at Coffeyville in January '09.

"I was just watching college football and felt I had the size to play at that level," Williams said. "Also, I believed I had what it took to make the move.

"So I decided to make the call. I had a buddy that went [to Coffeyville] and he helped me out with getting down here. I just called the coach and walked onto the program."

Less than two seasons later, Williams has a plethora of scholarship offers.

"I could not imagine it would be like this – not at all," Williams said.

Williams ended this season with first team all-conference and first team all-region recognition and was nominated to the All-American team. In ten games, he accumulated 49 tackles (17 solo), including 11.5 for a loss and two sacks, two pass break-ups, a forced fumble, and four blocked kicks.

Although Coffeyville's regular season concluded with a 31-5 loss to Butler (Kan.) CC in the Region 6 Semifinals last weekend, it received two bowl invites – the Graphic Edge Bowl on Nov. 21 and the Citizen's Bank Bowl on Dec. 5.

"We haven't decided which bowl, but we're leaning towards [the Graphic Edge Bowl]," Williams said.

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