Williams Starting To Gain Interest

When Anthony Williams returns to his Virginia Beach home from Fork Union Military Academy, he finds more than just his family is waiting for him.

There is always a boxful of mail addressed to him in his room.

Anthony Williams, a standout receiver/tight end prospect, finds letters from several inquiring colleges like North Carolina, Boston College, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

"It takes me like 15, 20 minutes to go through my mail," Williams said.

Sounds typical for a Fork Union football player.

Fork Union Military Academy has had over 70 players drafted or signed by NFL teams, including Plaxico Burress, Gaines Adams, Chris Perry, Ernest Wilford and Vinny Testaverde.

At the moment, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Williams, is just hoping to be the next one to play in college. He's still waiting on his first scholarship offer, but places like Notre Dame have invited him to games and camps.

"I've always liked Notre Dame, ever since I was growing up," Williams said. The Irish are also recruiting Williams' teammate, Mark Shuman. "That's America's football team, because they always play on NBC. I've always liked them.

"I was supposed to go up there because they invited me to a game, but I've never been there before."

Williams has camped at Boston College, and is expecting an offer from them. He also camped at North Carolina State. He attended a game at Virginia.

"Right now, I know for a fact I'm going to LSU's and North Carolina's junior days."

Williams wasn't sure of his stats this past season. Fork Union runs a wishbone offense, and Williams said he didn't get that many opportunities. He did say he has a knack for going up to get the ball, and that he sees himself as a hybrid-type player on the next level.

"I think I can be like Jermaine Gresham from Oklahoma," Williams said.

Williams said that coaches from North Carolina State and Temple have been by the school to see him, and he hopes to be verbally committed somewhere before the start of his senior season.

"Atmosphere and academics too, because you have to be a student before you're an athlete," Williams said of what he's looking for in a school. "And coaches, seeing if they care about you, and of course winning."

Williams reports a core GPA of 3.3, and a 40-yard dash time of 4.65.

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