Williams Sets Decision Date

Marquise Williams has settled on his finalists and chosen a day for his announcement.

The finalists are Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. The decision day is June 26.

"I just want to get it all out of the way so that I can help my team to a state championship and get things rolling," Williams said. "I want to let my team know that I'm here for them and that I've got all my college stuff out of the way."

Williams, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, denies having a leader.

On Saturday, Williams and his father visited one of his finalists – UNC. Despite having a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels, he participated in Saturday's morning session of UNC's two-day camp.

"I just wanted to get back into the feel of football, because we start back practice Wednesday," Williams said. "I was like ‘Shoot, let me just go up there and throw the rock around.' I just felt good throwing the rock around."

Williams participated under the guidance of John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

"He's a good coach," Williams said. "He was just keeping it real with me. He was telling me if I did something wrong. I felt really good. He helped me out a lot."

Following the session, Shoop had nothing but compliments for Williams.

"[Shoop] was like ‘Man, I didn't know you could throw the ball that incredibly,'" Williams said. "He was like he knew I could throw it, but not like how I was throwing [on Saturday]."

Williams remained in Chapel Hill until 5 p.m., but skipped the day's final camp session. Instead, he spent time with several current UNC players, as well as verbal commitments Brandon Ellerbe and T.J. Thorpe.

"Brandon was like ‘Man, no matter where you go you'll be good, but I need you at Carolina, because you're a winner,'" Williams said. "We just talked and I asked them why they committed to North Carolina. They told me a lot of good things."

Making the biggest impact on Williams, though, was Butch Davis.

"Man, I love him – I love that cat," Williams said of Davis. "…My dad used to watch [Davis] back in the day – my dad is a Hurricane man. My dad said you can like somebody from TV, but once you meet somebody you see how they really are. And we fell in love with Coach [Davis]."

Williams and his father met with Davis in his office on two occasions.

"He just told me how much he wants me and that just made me feel good," Williams said. "My dad and I were asking him questions like: would you ever let a freshman quarterback play, how many quarterbacks are you recruiting – just stuff like that."

Williams said he is not bothered by the fact that UNC already has a verbal commitment from a 2011 quarterback – Everett Golson.

"Like everybody tells you, you're going to have to compete no matter where you go," Williams said. "There's a lot of fight in me and I'm going to win the position because I love playing quarterback. It will be hard, because Everett is a good quarterback."

Between now and Williams' announcement date, he said he might make one more visit – to Virginia Tech's camp.

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