Williams Recaps UNC Trip

JuCo defensive tackle Sylvester Williams visited North Carolina over the weekend for his first official trip.

"The visit went great," Williams said. "It was everything I expected and more.

"I learned, basically, that being at a junior college level and being at D1 are obviously two different things. The fan base is a lot better [on the Division I-A level].

"Really what I expected out of this whole deal was to get a chance to mett the coaches, get a chance to look at some of the players they had, get a chance to converse with some of the players, and get an understanding of how they feel about the program. I did all that and more."

Although he's reluctant to name a favorite school, Williams, a 6-foot-3, 320-pounder, says he's only considering three schools – Mississippi, UNC, and Oklahoma State.

"I have to have the opportunity to take my visits, compare them, and see what I like about all three [schools]," Williams said.

Williams "sort of" has his official schedule finalized.

"One [visit] I'm going to take on the 26th [of November] and the other one I'm going to take on Dec. 10," Williams said. "I'm trying to see what's comfortable for me. One of the [dates] I'll be able to catch a game. The other [date] I won't be able to catch a game."

For the weekend of Nov. 27, Williams will have his choice of two in-state rivalry games – the "Egg Bowl" between Mississippi and Mississippi State or "Battle of Bedlam" between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Williams, who has two years of eligibility plus a red-shirt season available, plans on making his collegiate decision a few days following his final official trip. He'll then sign on the junior college signing day of Dec. 15 and enroll at that school in January.

"The biggest factors are tradition, which all of them do have; coaching staff, and all of them have great coaching staffs; and the opportunity to play right away, which all of them do have," Williams said.

Before taking his final two official visits, Williams and Coffeyville will play in the Graphic Edge Bowl on Nov. 21 against the College of DuPage (Ill.).

Williams's UNC official visit began Friday and ended Sunday morning. It peaked Saturday afternoon with the Tar Heels' ACC bout against Virginia Tech.

"[I learned about] just the atmosphere of the game [and] the Old Well Walk, and how much the players actually stuck together," Williams said.

Williams's stay also included meeting the entire coaching staff and members of the academic support staff, and spending time with several players.

"I got a lot of questions answered," Williams said.

A lot of those questions were answered during a meeting with Art Kaufman, Williams's primary recruiter.

"We talked about the defensive line coach situation," Williams said. "He wanted to clue me in that they would make sure they would hire the best defensive line coach available. And that I would be coached by somebody that actually knows the position and has coached it for a few years."

Williams also met with Butch Davis in his office.

"We talked about the same situation about the coaching staff," Williams said. "He asked a lot about my family. He wanted to make sure my family was doing alright and make sure I was doing alright. He wanted to make sure I enjoyed myself [on the official visit]. He talked about the opportunity I would have."

That opportunity is a potential starting role in UNC's defense.

"They said if I came in and do what I need to do then I would have the opportunity to be the guy and get on the field next year," Williams said.

Junior defensive lineman Quinton Coples served as his host for the weekend.

"He showed me everything I needed to know," Williams said. "He took care of me. He's a great player. He did me the same way the older guys did him – showed me a lot of love and showed me a good time."

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