Deunta Williams Decides on UNC

UNC's 19th commitment for the Class of 2006 just might be its biggest. Prior to heading to a school banquet Thursday night, Deunta Williams informed Inside Carolina of his decision – he's going to be a Tar Heel.

"I decided on UNC," said Williams. "I think I made it up in my mind a very long time ago – probably about four months ago. But, I was still open, just trying to make sure I was making the right decision. I was just trying to make sure it was right."

Williams, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound standout from Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak, said his interest in the Tar Heels peaked because of a special feeling.

"I got this feeling when I went to the North Carolina-Duke game last year," said Williams. "When they cut down the nets and stuff I started to get this feeling.

"I just feel at home there. You get that feeling when you're at Carolina – I can't really explain it. I heard people talk about it before like Dre' Bly, they said they got that feeling that they can't describe. That's what I have right now.

"What did it for me was the stuff UNC can do for you after you graduate and stuff like that. I am going to go there and get a great education and further myself. Even if football doesn't work out for me with the NFL, UNC is going to get me a job."

Williams is looking to major in either business management or sports management.

Before officially making his choice, Williams revealed that the verbal commitments of friends Kendric Burney and Ryan Taylor indirectly effected his decision.

"I didn't really think it did, while I guess it did have an effect to the fact that I knew that there were going to be good players coming," said Williams. "You knew that UNC is doing the right thing recruiting. You don't want to go to a school that isn't doing their homework and is not going to have successful seasons. The first step to doing that is getting the players."

Williams also developed a network outside of his verbally committed friends with the intent of further enhancing the Tar Heels' 2006 recruiting class.

"Actually I have been recruiting other players kind of on the sly," said Williams. "Like when we went to camp, I would take a player to the side. I've done this myself, the coaches might not know about it. I've been in contact with some of the big names like [Aleric] Mullins, Brandon Spikes, people like that."

A four-star recruit, Williams chose the Tar Heels over offers from N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia, Duke, and Virginia Tech.

"With the commitment to North Carolina, Williams quickly becomes their biggest pickup of the year," said regional analyst Miller Safrit. "He is the No. 4 player in the state of North Carolina for a reason, and as a safety he is the fourth best in the East Region."

While Williams said the UNC staff is recruiting him as a wide receiver, he is ranked by as the No. 9 safety in the nation and 34th ranked prospect overall in the East Region Hot 100.

"Deunta Williams is a tremendous prospect on either side of the ball thanks to his size and athleticism, especially in the air," Safrit said. "As a wide receiver he understands how to create separation while as a safety he has great range and loves to come up in run support. His frame is already big enough to play in college and could even grow to a linebacker."

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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