2008 Intro: Lorenzo Williams

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- After following up a solid camping performance with an even better junior season, Lorenzo Williams received his first AC scholarship offer this past February.

"Last summer, I went to Wake Forest for one of their camps and I did real well," said Williams. "They invited me to all their home games. I would go somewhere every weekend, because ECU and UNC also invited me to their games.

"I had a good season – the team didn't have a good season, but I had a good season. I gave [Wake Forest] my highlight film and they looked at my grades, and they offered me a scholarship."

Also in February, Duke requested Williams' film and transcripts. Shortly thereafter, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete was extended his second scholarship offer.

With the coaching staff change at North Carolina, the Tar Heels' coaching staff is still in the evaluation stages with Williams.

"I contacted North Carolina and I'm in the process of sending them film right now," said Julian Brown, Westover's assistant coach. "They hadn't seen him, yet – the old staff has, but the new staff hasn't."

In addition to the three aforementioned schools, Williams is fielding interest from East Carolina, Michigan State, Nebraska, N.C. State, Purdue, Stanford, and Yale.

Judging by his interested schools it's clear that Williams also excels in the classroom. He maintains an un-weighted 3.5 grade-point-average, and participates in school programs such as the Freshmen Academy – where he tutors freshmen – and the Health Academy – which is a preparatory program for students interested in a health major in college.

Last fall, Williams played cornerback, safety, wide receiver, quarterback, kick returner, and punter for Fayetteville (N.C.) Westover. He totaled 68 tackles and caught 15 passes for 270 yards.

"This past season, we were in a bind with numbers; we were in a bind with injuries," said Brown, who served as interim head coach last fall. "The roster changed weekly due to academics and injuries. He played mainly DB and wide receiver, but was our jack-of-all-trades."

Brown, who won't be Westover's head coach this season but will remain on the staff as an assistant, says he isn't sure how Williams will be used this fall. However, he's positive Williams will be a major weapon on offense and defense – most likely at wide receiver and defensive back.

College coaching staffs are looking at Williams as a defensive back.

"They haven't separated it as safety or corner – they just say defensive back," said Williams. "I'd like to play corner, because my dad played corner."

Brown feels Williams would be well suited at cornerback.

"I would say he is a cover corner, as well as a zone corner," said Brown. "Most definitely he's a corner outside of any other position on the field, but he can also play wide receiver. He's a big corner, so he can cover ground."

Just as he spent his weekends during the fall attending college football games, Williams has spent much of his spring attending basketball games. Williams was able to make it to two Wake Forest contests and one at Duke.

Williams has been invited to spring games at Auburn, Duke, Michigan State, Stanford, and Wake Forest. While he plans on attending as many as possible, he said he isn't sure which ones he'll end up making.

This summer Williams will return to Wake Forest's camp, and figures to camp at Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, and N.C. State.

With so many trips to Winston-Salem, Williams' leader comes as no surprise.

"I really like Wake Forest," said Williams. "When I go up there, I feel like they're family. I've been up there so much it's like going back home when I go up there. And they treat me good."

Williams said he isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment, but would like to have all of his options on the table before deciding. Therefore, he probably won't make a decision until after the summer.

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