Signee Update: Brennan Williams

After enduring a fairly hectic recruitment that didn't end until early-January, North Carolina signee Brennan Williams has enjoyed a peaceful last few months.

"It's been really calm actually," Williams said. "I've been talking to the coaches and I've been talking to [Johnnie Farms]. It hasn't been nearly as crazy as the whole recruiting process."

Williams, a West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial product, diligently worked through his recruitment. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman took all the necessary visits before announcing his intentions to sign with UNC during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Looking back, Williams says he wouldn't change a thing.

"I think I handled it the best way I could," Williams said. "I'm sure there are better ways out there, but the way I did it worked for me."

Since Signing Day, Williams' communication with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, has decreased. However, the two still speak on a regular basis.

"[We discuss] basically the stuff that's going on in my life right now [and] stuff that's going to be happening next year," Williams said. "He's really just building up, basically, a comfort level, which we're going to need to have as my coach for the next four or five years."

Recently, the topic of jersey number has been brought up. While nothing has been finalized, Williams is leaning towards No. 75.

"[No.] 75 is pretty much a throw back," Williams said. "I've been 73 for pretty much my entire high school career. But my old Pop Warner number was 75."

Williams, who has played all five positions along the offensive line during his prep career, will start off at tackle at UNC.

"They said wherever they can get me as soon as possible they'll put me, essentially," Williams said. "So basically, if I'm ready to play at anything, I'll play."

With the guidance of a personal trainer, Williams has been following the workout regimen that Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach, sent him.

"It's a lot different from what I was doing with my high school team, but it wasn't so much different from what I was doing with my trainer," Williams said. "Some of the differences are, mainly, just little exercises that work out little muscles that I really never heard of before. I've never done, say, a power clean into front squat before – that was different for me."

Williams has already reached his target weight of 280 pounds.

"Everything from this point on is gravy," Williams said.

Williams, who is already academically qualified, will arrive on campus on June 13.

"I'm heading down a little bit earlier because my [younger] brother is attending a camp down there this summer," Williams said.

Williams' younger brother is a rising freshman.

Farms, a fellow offensive line signee, will room with Williams.

"We seem to get along on the phone," Williams said. "We'll have similar schedules, so it should work out."

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