Florida OL High Priority for Rutgers

Rutgers continues to recruit Florida, and one of the Scarlet Knights' targets is offensive lineman Duaron Williams of Jones High. Wiliams spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, whether he will make an unofficial visit to Rutgers in the summer and whether his childhood favorite school will factor into his decision.

Rutgers got involved early on Kaleb Johnson in the 2011 class, and the Scarlet Knights were able to pull the immensely talented offensive lineman out of Jacksonville.

Now, Rutgers got in early on another offensive lineman from the Sunshine state, and the Scarlet Knights are putting plenty of resources into the recruitment.

Jones High (Orlando) offensive tackle Duaron Williams picked up a Rutgers offer last month, and the coaching staff is making a big effort to make the 6-foot-4, 296-pounder understand how important he is to the 2012 class.

"I talk to just about every coach up there," Williams said. "I talk to (offensive line) coach (Kyle) Flood a lot, and (defensive backs) coach (Jeff) Hafley. First, they told me why they liked me, and then it went on to what I thought about the offer, and what I'm looking for. Now, the conversation is trying to get to know each other more."

The Scarlet Knights are trying to get Williams to take an unofficial visit to campus in the summer, but he said "it's too early to tell" whether that will happen.

"I'm learning about the program," he said. "I know they have new facilities up there, and it's really nice up there, and I know they run a pro offense, and they run the ball. That's what I like to do."

Williams also holds offers from UCF and Mississippi, and is getting interest from a number of other schools, including Miami and South Florida, both of whom he believes he are close to offering.

Williams plays tackle at Jones High, but he is being recruited to play guard in college.

"At my school now, I play a little guard every now and then just to get used to it," Williams said. "It won't be that much of a transition. I think it will be easier at guard."

He also has close connections to Miami, through his coach, former Hurricanes standout Kenard Lang.

"I've been a Miami fan my entire life," Williams said. "My coach went there, and I've known him since I was about three. I grew up watching him play."

So, will his connections with Lang influence his decision if the Hurricanes offer?

"Not really," Williams said. "I'm way past my childhood. I have to find a school that fits me."

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