Williams Sticking with UNC

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- After weeks of silence, Marquise Williams answered the golden question when he arrived in Spartanburg on Saturday afternoon for the Shrine Bowl.

"Everybody is wondering what I'm going to do," Williams said. "I think I'm going to stick with Carolina.

"They show me much love. No disrespect to any other school, but I feel most comfortable at home with the Tar Heel fans and all the players. I'm just going to stick with my boys."

Williams, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, says his commitment to UNC, which he originally made in July, is firm.

"Around Christmas, I'm going to sign my [scholarship papers]," Williams said.

Williams admitted that he was wavering quite a bit in recent weeks. However, an in-home visit with Butch Davis a week ago solidified his feelings.

"Coach Butch broke it down to me," Williams said. "He talked about all these things that had me worried. He put it on the line that he thinks we're going to be all right. He said put my trust in him. So I'm going to put my trust in a coach that I really like and I look up to."

Williams' concerns surrounded the NCAA investigation.

"Like everybody else, I was concerned with probation – what was going to happen to our school," Williams said. "He broke it down to me [and] told me nothing was going to happen. So I said I would stick with my boys."

Opposing coaching staffs fed into Williams' concerns.

"Schools like [Virginia] Tech, N.C. State, West Virginia, [and] a couple others were pounding me telling me, ‘They are going to go on probation; why don't you come play with us?'" Williams said.

Williams indicated Everett Golson's decision to de-commit had no effect on his decision.

"I really didn't care," Williams said. "He's a good quarterback. But I feel – he probably has the same mentality as I do – I was going to go in there and win the job. I respect him and wish him luck with his decision."

However, Williams admits UNC's other verbal commitments – including Eric Ebron, Travis Riley, and T.J. Thorpe – helped to solidify his decision.

"I love my boys," Williams said. "They had a big effect on everything."

Williams graduates from Mallard Creek next week and will move into his dorm at UNC on Jan. 8.

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