Tar Heels Prioritizing Williams

Marquise Williams attended North Carolina's Spring Game Saturday, where he learned the extent of UNC's interest in him.

Saturday was Williams' third visit to UNC. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek was also on campus for the Georgia Tech and Miami football games.

"The other times, I didn't have that vibe," Williams said of his prior Chapel Hill visits. "I didn't really think they liked me like they do now. But [Saturday's visit], I got that vibe. They showed a lot of interest in me."

No one showed more interest in Williams than UNC's offensive coordinator John Shoop, who spoke to him Saturday.

"I always talk to Coach Shoop all the time," Williams said. "He wants me to come up so we can have a little meeting together – a film session."

Williams accepted the invitation, but hasn't scheduled a date for that return trip.

Besides Shoop, Williams also spoke to a couple players Saturday, including former teammate Josh Hunter, who is a red-shirt freshman at UNC.

"I was just asking how things are on the college level," Williams said. "[Hunter] said there's a lot of hard work; you just can't give up, you've got to continue to work hard. He said there's going to be times where you want to give up, but you have to just keep going at it."

Williams' father accompanied him Saturday.

"My dad, he likes it," Williams said. "He talks about it. He said he likes the atmosphere [and] the fans are respectful."

While Saturday's visit improved UNC's chances, Williams, who has collected 17 scholarship offers, isn't ready to name favorite schools.

"There are really no favorites, I'm really interested in everyone," Williams said. "I like Carolina, but I like a lot of schools. I'm just trying to weigh it out right now. But, like I said, Carolina is in my mind – it's a good school."

Williams says by the end of the week he'll trim his list of schools under consideration to ten or seven.

"I'll be looking at depth charts and seeing where I can get playing time," Williams said.

Williams expects to make a verbal commitment sometime this summer.

"First, I need to find a good church home, a good community, good fans that will support me, and a coach that's out for my best interest, not just as an athlete," Williams said.

Williams added that he's not opposed to being a part of a recruiting class that already has a commitment from another quarterback.

"I'm going to come to compete," Williams said. "I'm going to compete and whoever wins that battle will win that battle. College is where you've got to compete. Anywhere I go I'm going to compete and do what I've got to do. Hopefully, I will win it, because I'm not a loser, I like to win."

Besides UNC, Williams has also visited Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. He doesn't have any recruiting trips scheduled, but hopes to visit LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Virginia Tech within the next couple of months.

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