Williams Makes Final Recruiting Trip

Brennan Williams unofficially visited North Carolina on Thursday to get a taste of how UNC conducts its practices.

"It was great – it was everything I expected it to be," Williams said. "I really can see myself doing it."

After taking official visits to Boston College, UNC, Virginia and Wake Forest, Williams, a 6-foot-6, 273-pound offensive tackle from West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial, had one last question to get answered being making his collegiate decision.

"For every other school I'm looking at, I've seen a practice and I've seen what I'm going to be doing everyday," Williams said. "I hadn't seen that from UNC."

Thus, Williams and his family traveled to Chapel Hill on Thursday morning and stayed until the following morning.

Before viewing an actual practice, Williams sat in on an offensive line meeting.

"It wasn't much like some of the other meetings [at other schools] that I've seen," Williams said. "The way they watch film was different and I thought that was pretty cool."

At practice, Williams was impressed by the rapid pace.

"The practice was pretty fast compared to what we have in high school," Williams said. "It was pretty cool."

Later that night, Williams and company attended the UNC basketball game against Evansville, where he witnessed Tyler Hansbrough break Phil Ford's scoring record.

"It was very cool," Williams said. "The one thing I got from the basketball game is sometimes you feel like you're a big deal as a high school football player going Division I. You don't even realize how big a deal you can be. When he broke the record, they just stopped the game for him and just basically had a press conference in the middle of the game, which I thought was incredible."

A couple of months ago, Williams cut his list of options to Boston College, UNC, Virginia and Wake Forest. Recently, he further narrowed that list to the Eagles and Tar Heels.

"Basically, the hardest thing about narrowing it down from the top four I had a few months ago was the fact that I did like the schools so much and that they were very similar in my eyes," Williams said. "So what ended up happening, I had to pick and choose little things and just choose what had less things that I didn't like.

"What it's really coming down to is my major [graphic arts], which isn't exactly a very popular major. Those two schools [Boston College and UNC] allow me a better chance of [excelling in that major]."

During the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 3, Williams will announce his collegiate decision.

"I'm getting closer to it, but I don't think I have it yet," Williams said.

Between now and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Williams will be preparing for the game, enjoying the "Dead Period" of recruiting, and finalizing his decision.

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