Williams Posts Breakout Day

Lorenzo Williams boasted arguably the top performance at Scout.com's Combine held in Charlotte on Saturday.

Williams, a safety from Fayetteville (N.C.) Westover, recorded the combine's best broad jump – 10-feet-4-inches.

Additionally, at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Williams ran relatively fast times in the 40-yard dash (4.43 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.37 pounds), and vertically jumped 36.7 inches.

"I had a good day, but I wish we could have gotten the one-on-ones going," said Williams. "I was really happy with my forty."

Although position oriented drills were cut short by inclement weather, Williams had enough time to impress Scout.com traveling defensive back coach Don Cox.

"Lorenzo is going to be a really good defensive back," said Cox. "I think he could specialize at free safety. He has really good feet, really good ball skills, [and] he has great hands.

"I didn't really see it, but I can tell he has cornerback instincts, but he has free safety aggressiveness."

While his combine performance is bound to increase his recruiting stock, Williams headed into the weekend with plenty of college interest already.

"Clemson, South Carolina, UNC, ECU, N.C. State, Wake, Duke, and Virginia have all been by my school," said Williams.

Duke and Wake Forest are still Williams' only scholarship offers. But, two other schools could follow suit.

"Virginia's talking about the possibility of an offer; Clemson is too," said Williams.

Also, Tommy Thigpen, Williams' primary UNC recruiter, has increased communication.

"I've been talking to him regularly," said Williams. "He sends me some text messages and stuff like that.

"Sometimes he jokes around. [He tells me] who he's offering and what's been going on up there at UNC."

Thigpen hasn't talked about UNC's chances of extending Williams a scholarship offer. However, he is attempting to get Williams on campus.

"He wants me to come meet Coach [Butch] Davis," said Williams. "So I'm trying to find one weekend when my parents can get off work and we'll make the trip [to UNC]."

While Wake Forest remains his leader, Williams said UNC has his ear.

"I'm interested in North Carolina, too," said Williams. "I like that blue and it's just North Carolina. And I like their head coach – Butch Davis. I like his reputation."

Over the summer, Williams hopes to build on his combine success with camp stops at Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest

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