Nowadays, tight ends are in vogue in college and pro football. Every team needs to have at least two who can not only be incredibly physical at the line of scrimmage, but be athletic enough to be heavily involved in the passing game and even split out like a wide receiver at times.
Quentin Williams is just that type of tight end and he is beginning to draw attention from college coaches from coast-to-coast because of it.
"Right now, things are pretty exciting," said Williams. "At times it gets a little overwhelming, but at the same time it is pretty exciting to know that you do have a lot of options to look around. I don't know a lot about schools other than Pitt around here and other schools in this area. It is a good thing to have those kinds of options, but it is also a tough because you really have to get out there and look at everything that you have. You have to make sure you make the right decision, so it is going to take a lot of work for me to get out and find my school."
As a junior, Williams caught 22 passes for 424 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he finished with 43 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries. I think am pretty good at both blocking and pass receiving. I can do whatever they want me to do on offense."
Williams has never been to a camp or a combine, which means his rep is totally based on what he has accomplished thus far on the field.
"What interest I have received so far is based on what they have seen on tape," said Williams. "It is definitely just off of tape and what I have done on the field. I considered going to some combines and getting some times on some boards and going through all the tests, but once I started to get some offers I thought maybe it is not really worth it for me to put in a lot of time on my 40 time and my shuttle time. It just didn't seem like it would help me right now. A poor day at a combine might even hurt me. Really, what does a combine have to do with football?"
The only Junior Day Williams has attended is at the University of Pittsburgh, but that hasn't stopped him from getting a number of solid offers.
"Rutgers just offered yesterday and that gets my total to around 12," said Williams. "I have also been offered by Colorado, Minnesota, Miami of Ohio, Marshall, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin."
Oklahoma is also a school that is in the picture. The main draw is the fact that Williams has family in Oklahoma and he knows a great deal about the great history of the Sooner program.
"I would love to get an offer from Oklahoma," said Williams. "I would love for that to be an option with my family being there. I went to a game at Oklahoma when I was 10 years old and I know quite a bit about them. I have toured the campus because my dad attended Oklahoma. My uncle played football at Arkansas and my grandmother and two uncles still live in Enid. If Oklahoma offers, they will be one of my top schools."
While Oklahoma and many others are recruiting Williams at tight end, he has played defensive end well enough to draw attention on the defensive side of the ball.
"It is not definite that I will play tight end in college," said Williams. "I could be a defensive end or outside linebacker. I like playing defense just as much as I like playing offense."
Williams has qualified.