Williams close to decision

Running back/linebacker Greg Williams from Barron Collier High School in Naples, FL has officially completed two visits over the last few weeks. He's considered one of the best athletes in the state of Florida capable of playing a number of positions. The PantherDigest.com spoke with him about his upcoming decision.

"I visited Pittsburgh (12/2) and I visited West Virginia (12/8) the last two weeks," stated running back/linebacker Greg Williams (6-foot-2 inches, 210 pounds) from Barron Collier High School in Naples, FL. "After looking back at both visits, I have to say I like the visit to Pitt a lot better."

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.

"When I was at West Virginia, we really didn't get out much and see the school. Pitt seems to be a bit bigger and there's a lot more things to do in the city. There didn't seem to be that much going on (in Morgantown, WV). It's not that I didn't like my West Virginia visit, but the visit to Pittsburgh blew me away. I guess I like the atmosphere a lot better."

Pitt, West Virginia, Colorado State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Connecticut, Indiana and South Florida have extended scholarship offers to Williams.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to take any more visits. I considered a visit to Minnesota but I feel like deciding this week. I probably will have a decision between now and the weekend."

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.

A pair of 2007 running backs, Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL and Shariff Harris (6-foot-2 inches, 205 pounds) from St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ, have committed to the Panthers. It appears that Stinson will have to spend a year in prep school prior to matriculating in Pittsburgh.

Williams was asked specifically if he Panthers had a lead over the Mountaineers and he bluntly stated, "Yes, I would have to say I'm heavily leaning to them."

Publisher's Note: I expect Greg Williams to be a Panther by Friday afternoon. He's finished taking visits and clearly stated that he's heavily leaning towards Pitt. Williams, like Shariff Harris, is a phenomenal athlete capable of playing a number of positions including running back, cornerback, outside linebacker and safety. Coach Wannstedt is constantly looking to augment the Panthers team speed. Harris and Williams will greatly help his efforts.

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

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