OL Williams: Rutgers "Really high on my list"

Jones High (Orlando) offensive lineman Duaron Williams is getting loads of attention from the Rutgers coaching staff, and also from a member of the 2011 class. Williams spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, what he is learning about the Scarlet Knights, and why he said "Rutgers is really high on my list."

Rutgers staff consistently shows Jones High (Orlando) offensive guard Duaron Williams a high interest level with the amount of attention they show, but they aren't the only ones recruiting him to be a Scarlet Knigth.

Fellow Floridian Kaleb Johnson, an offensive lineman from Edward H. White (Jacksonville) who signed with Rutgers in February, has been talking to Williams about the Scarlet Knights since the two met at a track meet two months ago.

"I met him at the Bob Hayes Invitational," the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Williams said. "I talked to Kaleb about Rutgers, and he was telling me how he fell in love with the coaches and the program up there. I'm already starting to build that relationship with the coaches, talking to them a lot on the phone."

Rutgers offensive line coach Kyle Flood is slated to visit Williams next week to watch a spring practice, and further the relationship between the two sides.

"Rutgers is really high on my list right now," Williams said. "I have no leaders and I'm still wide open, but Rutgers is high on my list."

"I talked Rutgers coaches all the time. I talk to coach (Greg) Schiano, coach Flood, (assistant) coach (Chris) Hewitt, (assistant) coach (Jeff) Hafley. I talk to just about all the coaches at Rutgers."

And during those conversations, Williams is always made to feel how much the Scarlet Knights want him.

"Of course, they want me," he said. "They offered me. I talk to them about everything; from what's going on with the program to the players they're recruiting this year to the players the recruited last year."

There are also a number of other schools highly interested in Williams.

On Tuesday, Florida State, Colorado, West Virginia, South Carolina, UCF, South Florida, Wake Forest, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech stopped by the school, and Memphis offered.

Williams already visited Miami, Florida State and Florida, and is planning his summer visit schedule.

"I'm going with my offensive line to UCF's one-day camp and the Miami camp," he said. "I'm trying to get up to Rutgers, and also LSU."

One of the reasons so many coaches are coming through is to watch Williams in spring practice, where Jones High is trying to replace 17 seniors but has its offensive line coming back.

Coaches are watching to see Williams' athleticism and size, but also his leadership skills.

"Our offensive line, this is our third year starting together as a unit, so that is going to be really good," Williams said. "We're going to have that experience up front. My coach always preaches, how you practice is how you play.

"So, in practice, I go hard every play. I let any lineman know that when they're coming to my side, there's going to be a fight. That's how you have to start off."

Williams does not have a time frame for a decision, but if he is invited to play in an all-star game, he is contemplating doing it then.

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