Williams raves about Pitt visit

The Panthers have offered a number of quality prospects from the state of Florida. One of the top running back prospects hails from Naples, FL and officially holds a scholarship offer from the University of Pittsburgh. Greg Williams talks about his visit to Pitt.

"I really enjoyed the visit this weekend. I had a great time," stated powerful running back Greg Williams (6-foot-2 inches, 210 pounds) from Barron Collier High School in Naples, FL.

Barron Collier High School finished with a 5-4 record and missed the playoffs. Despite a mediocre season, William shined on the football field. He rushed for 1,481 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Greg started at outside linebacker as well. He has been a three year starter on both sides of the ball.

"My host for the weekend was Cedric McGee. Cedric played for Plantation High School and we actually played against each other. He was a great host."

Pitt, West Virginia, Indiana, Colorado State, Connecticut, Central Florida, South Florida and the University of Florida have extended scholarship offers to Williams. He has scheduled a visit to West Virginia the week after his visit to Pitt (12/8).

"Friday was fun at (Dave and Busters). On Saturday we got to see all of the facilities and everything," said Williams. "I really liked everything. The Cathedral of Leaning was cool. I think it would be a great place to study. The Peterson Events Center and academic center were great. We got to see the dorm rooms as well and those were impressive. Like I said, there's little I didn't like."

Scout.com ranks Williams a "three-star" prospect and the 68th best running back in the nation. He rushed for 1,241 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a junior. Greg is capable of running a 4.41 forty-yard dash and squatting 450 pounds. Panthers' wide receiver coach Aubrey Hill has been his primary recruiting contact.

"I spent a lot of time with the players and coaches. I felt comfortable with everyone I met. I spent a good bit of time talking with Coach (David) Walker. He's a great guy and good running backs coach. He spent time showing me some plays and how he works with younger running backs. It was great spending time with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Aubrey) Hill."

"I got the sense from the coaches that they were honest and straight forward. They seem to really care about the players."

Williams was quick to mention that he was impressed with the City of Pittsburgh. "I thought Pittsburgh was beautiful. It wasn't what I expected. There are all sorts of stuff to do outside of campus as well. I never thought of that until I got there."

Greg will visit West Virginia next weekend. He has yet to specify a timetable for his final decision. "I'll visit West Virginia and see how things go from there. Florida and a few other schools want me to visit as well. I'm not sure what I'm going to do."

Did his weekend visit help Pitt? "Yes, absolutely," replied Williams. "Pitt's very high n my list. I had a great time and I could see myself playing there."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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