Four-Star Fla. TE High on UNC

A change in his father‘s schedule led Garrett Williams to move up his trip to North Carolina a few days – ultimately allowing the visit to take place.

"It was great," the four-star tight end said. "They coaches treated me really well. I saw everything that I needed to see out of North Carolina. I had a great time. Overall it was a great visit."

Williams, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Orlando (Fla.) the First Academy, had originally planned to travel to Chapel Hill for UNC's basketball game against Duke, which was eventually postponed due to wintry weather. A work obligation forced his father to push the trip to Sunday missing the basketball game but also inadvertently avoiding the inclement weather.

"It worked out well," Williams said. "It was snowing a little while we were there, which was pretty cool, but it wasn't sticking on the ground and didn't cause us any problems."

The visit, which spanned Sunday through Monday, was Williams's first to UNC.

"I have high feelings for North Carolina," Williams said. "The football program is established and I know it's going to continue to grow in success under Coach [Larry] Fedora and his staff – he's put together a great coaching staff. Academic wise, it's top in the country."

Williams hasn't established a favorite schools list, but admits that UNC is definitely a school that he's "looking really hard at." Other schools that fall under that category for Williams are Auburn, Clemson, and Florida State.

"They all have great campuses and they all have great coaching staffs," Williams said.

Williams, who is eyeing an early summer verbal commitment, has visited each of the aforementioned schools, plus Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Tennessee.

On March 1st, Williams plans to return to Florida State. He's also working setting up a trip to Stanford.

Twenty-six schools have offered Williams a scholarship. His list of offers includes the four he's looking at hard, plus Florida, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Stanford, and Tennessee.

During his UNC visit, Williams received an in-depth tour of the campus, including a look at the business school and football facilities.

"The campus is gorgeous," Williams said. "The new buildings are beautiful and then the old buildings are kept up in great shape and are really pretty as well. The whole campus is really clean and kept up well. I just felt like it was a great place."

For much of Williams's time on campus, he was with Seth Littrell, UNC's new tight end coach. The two were well acquainted prior to last week – Littrell had recruited Williams while an assistant coach at Indiana.

"He had actually been to my school as an Indiana and UNC coach," Williams said. "I've talked to him on the phone before. So I have a pretty good relationship with him. Now that he's been at UNC, I've been talking to him more. I really like him. He's a great man, an incredible football coach, and I know he's going to help UNC have success."

Williams's stay also included a lengthy meeting with Fedora.

"He talked about himself and his life and just who he is as a person and how he runs things at UNC," Williams said. "And he talked about his background. And then he went on to talk about football related things like how he would use me at UNC, the coaching staff he's putting together, why he hired Coach Littrell and named him offensive coordinator."

Although the First Academy's offense is 90-percent run plays, Fedora told Williams that he sees him becoming a receiving tight end in the Eric Ebron mold in UNC's offense.

"He said he could see my athleticism and sees me catching a lot of balls from the slot, attached to the line, or from the backfield," Williams said. "He just thinks I can be a very versatile player for him."

Williams said he will attempt to return to Chapel Hill for one of UNC's spring practices.

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