Heels in Williams' Top Three

Despite it still being early in the 2006 recruiting season, North Carolina is looking pretty solid at the safety position. Bruce Carter, who figures to make a decision this summer, claims UNC as a leader, and blue chip safety Deunta Williams of Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak includes the Tar Heels in his top three.

"At UNC I like the atmosphere and the tradition," said Williams, who also favors N.C. State and Virginia. "The alumni always come back; even people from other schools try to be a part of them."

Just like Carter, Williams hopes to have a decision made before the start of his senior season. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound athlete plans to use this summer's camping experiences to help come up with that decision.

"I went to UNC's camp last year," said Williams. "This time what I'm really trying to do when I go there is get a look at the environment and community and stuff like that – just see what kind of life it would be if I went there and lived there. Not more or less a competition type thing because they've already offered me so I don't have anything to prove."

Offering Kendric Burney and recruiting Dekota Marshall – both of Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow and close friends of Williams – definitely will help the Tar Heels' chances. The threesome and Bobby Hatchell of Jacksonville (N.C.) High School have had conversations jokingly about going to the same school, and Williams believes those talks could turn serious this summer.

"We have [talked about going to the same school] a little bit," said Williams. "We joke around about it, seriously we haven't – I guess we are going to have that talk during the summer.

"It would be nice for us to go to the same school, but really we just have to go to the school that is best suited for us. It would be really good for us to go to the same school. We really just need to sit down and talk about it. If we are going to go to the same school, we'll just choose a school that has a pretty good program or a program we know we can build up."

Last season, Williams did everything for White Oak High School. He passed for 200 yards, rushed for 250 yards, and caught 16 passes for 400 yards. The all-region selection recorded 16 all-purpose touchdowns and also picked off seven passes on defense.

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