Williams Updates Recruitment

NEW LONDON, N.C. – To get a better grasp of his recently restarted recruitment before his junior season kicks off, Antonio Williams released his top six schools list this week.

Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin comprise the listing. All six schools have offered the 5-foot-11, 208-pound running back with the exception of Auburn.

“It was just the fact that – and with Carolina especially – I have that relationship with them,” said Williams, a 2016 prospect. “And I kind of like the way they use the running back in their offense.

“There’s no favorite in there. And those top six could change around – I don’t know.”

Following a visit to Florida in early July, Williams de-committed from UNC.

“I’m just restarting,” Williams said. “It’s kind of like freshman year again, [because] I’m starting to look at everything again. The difference now and then is I was kind of just looking at the university instead of how I’m going to be in that type offense and the coaching staff.”

Since de-committing, Williams has visited Auburn and begun to research the schools that have expressed interest in him.

“I have been looking at everything,” Williams said. “I’m just leveling the playing field right now.”

Regardless, Williams admits that UNC has an advantage, though, because of his familiarity with the school – he’s unsure how many times he’s visited the campus – and it has his parents in its corner.

“My parents are still pushing me to go to North Carolina,” Williams said. “But, when it comes down to it, it’s going to be me praying and trying to get the right answers to where I need to be at.

“My parents feel that Coach [Larry] Fedora and all those guys have been so loyal to me. And I completely agree with that – they have been. And the location is a big part, because if you know anything about my family we’re really close. I have two older siblings that couldn’t even go to college, because the fact my family is so close and they just couldn’t stay away.”

Williams says that communication with UNC has remained steady since his de-commitment. He speaks regularly with Fedora, and assistant coaches Chris Kapilovic and Larry Porter.

“They want me back,” Williams said. “I might end up back there – I don’t know right now. Nothing has really changed and we still have that great relationship.

“Coach Kap and I are trying to schedule a visit again so that I can sit down and talk about the offense and understand things better than I do now. He said there would be some new things added in this year. He just wants me to see that.“

In addition to UNC’s coaches, Williams is being recruited heavily by several Tar Heel commitments, namely Anthony Ratliff, William Sweet, and Mason Veal.

“They’re just trying to get me back on board,” Williams said. “They’re doing a good job.”

Williams also hears from pledges from other schools.

Originally, Williams had planned to make his college declaration at an all-star game. Now, he says he’ll commit before his senior season begins.

“I want to go into the season with no worries,” Williams said. “I’ll just play football and keep my mind focused on what I need to do. The recruiting process can be really stressful.”

In late July, UNC received a verbal commitment from Ty’Son Williams, a 2015 running back. Williams says the depth charts and commitments won’t factor into his collegiate decision.

“I want people to know that I did not de-commit because I’m afraid of competition,” Williams said. “If I’m going to play college football, there’s always going to be competition – I realize that. If you’re an athlete and you’re afraid of competition, you shouldn’t be playing a sport. Elijah [Hood] is a great running back, but I’m not scared to compete with him. If I go there, I’m going to give it all that I’ve got.”

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