When it comes to making his college decision in less than a month, JoeJuan Williams will weigh “feel” heavily. As such, that was the four-star defensive back’s focus throughout this past weekend’s North Carolina official visit.
“It felt like a real deal college campus,” Williams said. “It was beautiful and there’s a lot of things around there to do. It’s a really cool place.”
Williams, a 6-foot-2, 194-pounder from Hendersonville (Tenn.), is still on target to make his decision on his birthday (Dec. 6).
“[UNC’s] academics are great,” Williams said. “My major is business finance and it has one of the top five business schools in the nation. And I could see why just by interacting with the teachers – I learned a bunch of new stuff and I’m not even in the school yet. It was a really cool thing.
“They have a great football program. Really, it’s all sports – football, basketball, lacrosse are all good programs. Their athletics have a winning tradition.”
Despite the positive remarks, Williams isn’t ready to name a leader.
“I really can’t say right now,” Williams said. “I just got off this visit and have more coming up. I’m still soaking it all in. It was a lot to take in in just a couple of days. But they’re coming on strong late. You never know.”
The next three consecutive weekends, Williams will officially visit Vanderbilt (Nov. 14), Penn State (Nov. 21), and LSU (Nov. 28).
“It’s getting late in this process,” Williams said. “So I’m trying to tighten this thing down. You could probably say that’s my four.”
Unlike most of UNC’s official visitors this past weekend, Williams arrived late Thursday night. He then spent much of Friday seeing the academic side of the school.
Saturday was devoted to football starting with UNC’s 66-31 victory over archrival Duke.
“They had a great ballgame,” Williams said. “The DBs played well. They gave up 31 points, but the offense put 66 on the board. So it was an offensive game and [Marquise Williams] did really great. It was a great game.”
Afterwards, Williams met with secondary coach Charlton Warren, defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, and finally Larry Fedora.
“They were showing me where they see me fit at in the defense,” Williams said. “They’re telling me how it’s a family school and they could see me fitting in on and off the field.”
According to Williams, the UNC staff projects him to play both cornerback and nickelback.
Jordan Cunningham, who is sitting out this season to satisfy transfer rules, and Jaye Stackhouse, a walk-on defensive back, teamed up to host Williams throughout his stay.
“It was really cool hanging out with them,” Williams said. “Most of our time together was during dinner with the coaches.
“Jaye’s roommate got diagnosed with cancer, so Jaye cut his hair. That was a really cool thing. Jaye’s a great person. Just talking to him, he’s a great dude.”
Early Sunday morning, Williams took his flight back home.