Mass. OT Gears up for UNC Visit

Brennan Williams says he will use this weekend's official visit to North Carolina to get a better feel for the school and the Tar Heel football program.

"Mostly why I'm trying to get up there this weekend is because I know so little about the school," Williams said. "I think it will be a good opportunity to get a chance to learn about it.

"UNC is so new to the race, so I'd really like to get mostly academic questions answered. I'd like to find out what my chances are of playing when I first come."

UNC is one of the more recent schools to begin to recruit Williams, a 6-foot-6, 273-pound offensive lineman from West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial. Approximately a month ago, John Blake made initial contact.

"A kid from up here, Josh Adams, is committed to their school already," Williams said. "Somehow, my name was mentioned to them from that."

UNC offensive line coach Sam Pittman has since taken over Williams' recruitment and two weeks ago extended him a scholarship offer.

"For the most part, [Pittman] was just explaining why they didn't show interest initially," Williams said. "For the most part, that was because they hadn't heard of me yet."

Pittman has also discussed UNC's recruiting situation along the offensive line.

"He definitely said they had some spots open [on the offensive line] being that is one of their needs," Williams said. "Mostly, they're interested in left tackles.

"That's definitely always an interest for me. I would really like to come right from high school and start playing as opposed to sitting on the bench for a year. That's definitely a plus."

Williams is a three-year starter for Catholic Memorial and has played every position along the offensive line during his high school career. This season, he is starting at center where he has been credited with 45 pancake blocks thus far. He ended his junior season with 44 pancake blocks.

In addition to UNC, Williams has collected scholarship offers from Boston College, Michigan, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Last weekend, Williams visited Virginia for his first official trip.

"It was good," Williams said regarding the official visit. "I actually got to see UNC that week, so it was really convenient to get to see both teams at the same time.

"I've been up to Virginia a lot of times before, so for the most part it was just getting a chance to see the school with all the students there. Most of the times I've been up there were times where they were vacation, so there weren't very many students on campus. So I got a good feel for campus life when I was up there."

Williams is scheduled to take an official visit to Wake Forest during the weekend of Nov. 22 when the Demon Deacons play Boston College.

For his final two official visits, Williams is considering setting up trips to Boston College and Michigan.

Williams aims to announce his collegiate destination during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 3.

"It would be kind of cool to pull the hat out," Williams said.

Williams will weigh three factors heaviest when making his final decision.

"The most important thing is whether or not I can actually see myself going to the school," Williams said. "… Say I got hurt, I'd be stuck at the school for four years. Next would probably be my comfort level with the school, the coaching staff, and the players. And academics are probably the most important factor out of all of those."

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