Williams Primed and Confident

Sylvester Williams will arrive at North Carolina with lofty expectations and a high level of confidence.

"I'm going to start for North Carolina next year," Williams said of his mindset. "There's no doubt in my mind about that. So I'm not really worried about playing time. I'm just going to go down there and handle my business and showcase my talents."

Before perceiving Williams as overconfident, consider that the 6-foot-3, 320-pound defensive tackle had a similar mentality heading into his Coffeyville (Kan.) CC career.

After only playing football during his senior season at Jefferson City (Mo.) High School and taking a year hiatus from the sport – and school – to work in a factory, Williams walked onto Coffeyville's football team, earned a scholarship, and collected several BCS scholarship offers.

"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."

Williams will begin his UNC career with two years of eligibility remaining, plus a red-shirt season available.

He is putting the finishing touches on his required enrollment paperwork, but says everything will be finalized for his 2 p.m. arrival on Saturday.

"Everything is coming together," Williams said. "I'm starting to get everything finished up right now."

Williams has been preoccupied of late by family matters – his father has been experiencing health problems.

"[My father] is doing alright," Williams said. "I've been spending a lot of time with him and I've been focused on how he's doing."

When he arrives on campus on Saturday, Williams will move into a dorm room with Donte Paige-Moss and Dion Guy, who will both be juniors next season as well.

"I really don't know why I was [paired with Paige-Moss and Guy]," Williams said. "Maybe those are the guys that are going to lead me in the right direction."

Williams, who graduated from Coffeyville with an Associate of Arts degree, is undecided on his major at UNC. However, he's looking into the business field.

Since signing with UNC in December during the Junior College Signing Period, Williams has had time to reflect on his decision and his future.

"It feels good to basically know I'll have the opportunity to play on a big time level," Williams said. "I feel like I made the right decision for me, my family, and my future."

In hindsight, Williams wishes he would have handled his recruitment differently.

"In the end, I kind of led a lot of schools on that I really didn't want to go to," Williams said. "… I wish I would have made my decision a little earlier."

Since signing, Williams has communicated with Art Kaufman, his primary recruiter, "quite a bit."

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