Williams Gets Feel for UNC

With North Carolina's late entry into the recruitment, Brennan Williams' official visit to UNC over the weekend was crucial for the Tar Heels' chances.

"It was great," Williams said. "I got a good feel for the school during the few days that I was up there… It was my first visit, so it was a good chance to meet the coaches, meet some of the players, and see the campus for the first time. Everything was much better than I expected, so I was actually really excited to be coming back from it."

UNC began to pursue Williams, a 6-foot-6, 273-pound offensive lineman from West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial, approximately a month ago. Thus, the official visit went a long way to putting UNC into the race for his February signature.

"[This visit] makes [my recruitment] a lot harder, because originally [UNC] was not up there," Williams said. "I can't say a leader yet, but [UNC] is definitely one of my favorites right now."

Williams has what he describes as "an ever-changing" favorites list, which includes Boston College, UNC, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

During the weekend of Oct. 17, Williams took his only other official visit when he traveled to Virginia. He is working on scheduling an official trip to Wake Forest – probably during the weekend of Nov. 22 when the Demon Deacons play Boston College. However, he said he isn't sure a visit to Boston College, which he has visited many times unofficially, is necessary.

Williams plans to announce his collegiate decision at the Jan. 3 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which he was has been selected to play in.

Williams and his family – mother, brother, sister, and father, who played 13 years in the NFL – arrived in Chapel Hill Friday morning. They departed Sunday.

"We really got a good feel for the campus," Williams said. "I got to meet a lot of the players. I got to go to the game, which was really good to see."

During his stay, Williams was double-hosted: red-shirt freshman offensive lineman Mike Dykes on Friday and true freshman offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper on Saturday.

"They showed me around and introduced me to the social life," Williams said.

In particular, Williams said he was impressed with Franklin Street.

Williams spent most of Sunday with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"We got a chance to talk about if I were to go there what his plans would be for me and that kind of thing," Williams said. "He sees me as a left tackle."

Briefly on Friday and extensively on Sunday before he ended his stay, Williams met with Butch Davis.

"We really just got to talk about football, and how they were doing this year, what their plans were for the next few years, and just the questions we needed to ask to get a good feel for the school," Williams said.

"He's a great coach, he definitely knows a lot about football. It was great talking to him."

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