Williams Reaffirms Decision

Marquise Williams confirmed that he will indeed enroll at North Carolina in January.

"I was just waiting around and felt that was the best decision for me – and it is the best decision for me," Williams said Sunday afternoon. "You can't go wrong going to the University of North Carolina. So that's where I'm going to take my career. I came to the conclusion that that's the best spot for me."

Originally, Williams, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, verbally committed to UNC during a press conference in July. After taking official visits to other schools – including Michigan, NC State, and Virginia Tech – coupled with the NCAA's investigation into UNC, he wavered.

"I just called the coaches [this afternoon] and told them I was coming," Williams said. "I told Virginia Tech I won't be attending their school. I didn't have an announcement..."

Roughly a month ago, Williams solidified his commitment during an in-home visit with Butch Davis. However, he decided to make an official announcement around Christmas day.

"Everybody in the world wanted to know if I was going to stick with Carolina, because there were rumors they might go on probation," Williams said. "So that was making me think about doing a big announcement again. I really didn't do one. I just stuck with Carolina."

Williams admitted that spending significant time with several fellow UNC verbal commitments during the Shrine Bowl week made him feel more comfortable about his intentions.

"I've known those guys since I've been going to camps," Williams said. "They are great guys. [The Shrine Bowl week] made me feel more comfortable with them. Hanging out with them made me feel like brothers. I'm just ready to get rocking with my boys."

Approximately an hour before the Shrine Bowl kicked off, UNC added another highly touted recruit to its verbal commitment list when Travis Hughes selected the Tar Heels during a press conference.

"I haven't talked to [Hughes]," Williams said. "I don't like to bother people. I let them make their decision. I'm glad he's part of the family. I can't wait to hang out with him."

Being a quarterback, Williams is the face of UNC's 2011 class, which is ranked 11th in the nation.

"The whole class is good," Williams said. "I think it's the best in the ACC – it might be the best in the country. It's going to be great to be around all this talent."

Williams will report to UNC's campus on Jan. 8 and enroll in classes on Jan. 12.

"I'm just trying to get UNC to a place it has never been -- an ACC championship or maybe a national championship," Williams said. "I'm just ready to get after it, hang out with my boys, and do what I can for my school."

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