Ga. RB Planning Summer Visits

After hitting the restart button on his recruitment, Stanley "Boom" Williams plans to take a more methodical approach to his collegiate decision, starting with a plethora of summer visits. Among his expected stops is North Carolina.

"Pretty much, I want to visit everybody that's recruiting me," Williams said. "It's going to be a busy summer."

During the summer of '11, Williams verbally committed to Georgia. After nearly two years of looking into other schools, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back from Monroe (Ga.) Walton Academy de-committed from the Bulldogs in mid-April.

In addition to his trip to Chapel Hill, Williams plans to visit Arizona, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and maybe Wisconsin. After those visits, Williams plans to officially trim his list of schools under consideration to a more management number.

"I learned that this recruiting process is strictly a business," Williams said. "So I'm going to try to be as professional as I can and be straight up with the coaches and let them know if they're in or if they're out, because I don't want to waste their time."

Heading into those visits, Clemson, Kentucky, and West Virginia have a slight edge.

"Those are the schools that have stood out just for the time being," Williams said. "Just talking with the coaches, I can really feel the relationship with them.

"I'm still open and looking at my options. Right now every school that I have an offer from is at the top. Since I opened my recruitment back up, a lot of schools have came on hard and have given me a lot of things to think about. I'm just trying to take this process slow and make the right decision for me and my family."

Williams is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"I definitely don't want to rush into another decision," Williams said. "I just want to take my time with the process and make sure I'm making the right decision. I've already de-committed once, so the next school I commit to, I want to stay committed to."

Williams doesn't have a set date for his UNC visit.

"Right now, I think it's going to be at the beginning of July," Williams said. "That could change to later this month. But right now, Coach Ron West and I, we're talking about dates and we're not real sure. We're just trying to see when we both have time. But he said right now the best time will probably be next month."

During his Chapel Hill stay, Williams hopes to build on his limited knowledge of UNC.

"I know it's one of the top academic schools in the nation," Williams said. "[Gio] Bernard was the first running back taken in the [NFL] Draft, so I know it's a good school for producing running backs and getting them prepared for the next level.

"So I'm just really looking forward to talking to the coaches, building a relationship, and see what the plan is for me on offense."

In the meantime, Williams figures to start up relationships with Randy Jordan, UNC's running backs coach, and Larry Fedora. Williams plans to call Jordan this week and expects to speak with Fedora next week.

Since he de-committed, Williams has been speaking with West on a weekly basis.

"He really just told me that I'm a really good player and that I could help them out big time," Williams said. "Basically, he just said they need a big time running back that they can get the ball and take it 80 yards, and a guy that can run with speed and power."

Williams, who will be a four-year starter for Walton Academy, rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.

A couple of weeks ago, UNC picked up a verbal commitment from a running back, D'Ernest Johnson. Williams says that won't affect his feelings towards the Tar Heels.

"Like I told everybody else, I have no problem with competing," Williams said. "If I go there, I'll do my best to compete for the job and let the coaches make the decision from there."

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