2006: Deunta Williams

Deunta Williams, one of the top players in North Carolina out of Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak Oak, currently holds three offers, but last year came close to making a decision on his future college.

Along with close friend Kendric Burney, a fellow defensive back from near-by Southwest Onslow, Williams contemplated committing to NC State.

"We were all set to go to NC State when Doc Holliday was there. He was the man," said the 6-foot-3, 185 pounder. Holliday left the Wolfpack to coach at Florida, and everything is back to even among the schools on his list.

Williams, who holds offers from NC State, North Carolina and Duke in addition to interest from schools throughout the nation, is expected to be a national recruit this season. With a long, lean body and great burst to the ball, colleges are requesting tape. New head coach Bob Blick, who is taking over for the retiring Robbie Ellis, is trying to keep up with the interest.

"Deunta is a great kid, and really helped us out this year," says Coach Ellis. "Due to injuries to other players, Deunta played at several positions, including quarterback, wide receiver running back, defensive back, and he even was our long snapper."

Williams took a trip to North Carolina, his childhood favorite team, over the weekend, and will continue to make trips to colleges to find out what they offer and try to forge a friendship like he had with Doc Holliday. The important influence could be with Burney, a talented competitor, but a potential future teammate.

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