If he can work through one final obstacle, four-star defensive back JoeJuan Williams will officially visit North Carolina this coming weekend.
“My granny has to get her wedding vows renewed Saturday, so I have to talk to her to see if she wants me to go or not,” Williams said. “If she says it doesn’t matter, then I’ll be going on the official. I haven’t even talked to Coach [Charlton Warren] about it, yet.
“If I can’t make it [to UNC], I’m going to try to make it another time. But the thing about it is the time that I’m free in November [UNC] has away games. That’s the only problem.”
Williams, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, plans to make his collegiate decision on his birthday (Dec. 6), which will give him plenty of time to graduate from Hendersonville (Tenn.) High and finalize the paperwork necessary for college enrollment in January.
Thus, Williams will need to officially visit UNC during the month of November. After this weekend, UNC has one final home game – vs. Miami on Nov. 14. But, Williams has already scheduled an official visit with Vanderbilt that weekend.
Additionally, Williams has an official visit scheduled with Penn State on Nov. 21 and is working on visit plans with LSU. He hopes to also squeeze in a fifth official trip with either Texas A&M or Tennessee.
Come Dec. 6, Williams doesn’t have any extravagant announcement plans.
“I’m probably just going to tweet it out,” Williams said with a laugh. “My mom always makes me a strawberry birthday cake, so I’ll just enjoy that like I always do.”
As a Nebraska assistant coach, Warren offered Williams. Shortly after joining UNC’s staff, Warren reoffered. However, contact between the two quickly dropped off until about three weeks ago.
“He likes me at corner[back] and star [nickelback],” Williams said. “He likes my length and the things I can bring to the game. He thinks the things I can do will fit their scheme.
“Looking at them play and how their DBs are doing this year, that’s what has made me want to go down there and check them out.”
For Nashville (Tenn.) Father Ryan a season ago, Williams recorded 48 tackles, two interceptions, and 11 pass breakups.
Williams admits that his UNC knowledge is very limited.
“That’s one of the reasons why I want to take the visit,” Williams said. “But when I go there, I really want to get a feel for the school. If I don’t feel a school, then they’re probably out of it to be honest, because it’s getting close to making my decision. This is gut check time.
“I’ve got to connect with the coaching staff. But, I can like the staff and still not feel the school, and then I’m not going to be going there. Connecting with the school is No. 1.”
Despite the break in communication, Williams says he has a strong connection with Warren.
“We had a great relationship when he was at Nebraska,” Williams said. “And that has just moved over to North Carolina. He’s a great coach and I can tell he’s doing great things with the program seeing how well their doing – they’re No. 21 in the country. They’re doing really well and their defense is doing really great. And they have some great DBs and I like what Coach is doing with his DBs.”