Williams High on Heels

Although he's nowhere close to establishing a list of favorite schools, Travis Williams says North Carolina is a lock to make the cut.

"When I narrow [my choices] down, the Tar Heels will definitely be in my top three," Williams said.

"[I like] the fact that they like fast linebackers, I'm real tight with Bobby Rome, and then the coaches. Coach [Kenny] Browning, he's real cool, and I like Coach Butch Davis, and the linebacker coach [Art Kaufman]."

Williams isn't sure when he'll actually narrow his list of choices. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound linebacker from Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor could go into the season sans favorites.

"I'm not in a rush," Williams said. "I'm trying to enjoy the [recruiting] process."

Williams said his dream scenario is to announce his verbal commitment during one of the All-American games.

"I'm looking for good facilities, a coaching staff that will compete for that title, a chance to compete on the field for the position – I don't want a hand-me-down," Williams said. "I want a school that's going to help me with the school work."

Williams says Miami also has a strong chance to make his favorites list, when it is announced.

Miami is the most recent school to extend Williams a scholarship offer, bringing his offer total up to 15 schools. Louisville, LSU, Maryland, UNC, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech have also offered.

Williams has visited UNC three times. His most recent trip came in March, when he attended the Tar Heels' Spring Game.

"I love the campus," Williams said. "I like the players – all of them are cool – and all the people are friendly."

Williams believes his next trip to UNC will be his official visit. He also plans to use official visits on Miami and West Virginia.

"I'm going to start deciding [the other two official visits] later," Williams said. "I want to sit down with the family and decide that."

In addition to UNC, Williams has already visited Louisville, NC State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.

Outside of Maryland's one-day camp on June 20, Williams' summer will be focused exclusively on his senior football season.

"I'm trying to stay focused with the squad," Williams said. "I want to help my coach out by setting an example."

Williams is generally being recruited as a linebacker – mostly outside. However, a couple schools are looking at him as a strong safety.

This fall, Williams will be a four-year starter at linebacker. For his career, Williams has accumulated 57 sacks. As teams began keying on him, Williams' production dropped to 16 sacks last fall. He also 68 tackles.

Williams also started at wide receiver last season catching 34 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns.

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