Sophomore sensation visits USC, names top two

Lake Marion High School (Holly Hill, SC) boasts one of the top overall 2013 prospects in the Palmetto State in wide receiver Mike Williams, and the athletic 6-4, 185 pounder made an unofficial visit to South Carolina on Thursday to get a first hand look at the Gamecocks' spring practice. Read inside for all the details on that visit and much more.

Mike Williams, who is currently finishing up his sophomore year in high school, is already making a name for himself as one of the premier prospects in the state of South Carolina, and some believe he has a chance to be one of the best receiver prospects in the country when the 2013 cycle comes around. The dynamic wideout is already receiving interest from major programs like USC, Clemson, Tennessee, UCLA, NC State, and Duke, with many more schools sure to follow. While it is still very early in his recruitment, Williams is enjoying the opportunity to learn more about the schools that are pursuing him, and he decided to check out the home-state Gamecocks on Thursday afternoon.

"It went pretty good. They were talking good. I liked the campus and the coaches. I had a chance to talk with Alshon (Jeffery) and Marcus Lattimore. I had a lot of fun," Williams said of his unofficial visit to South Carolina.

Williams is being personally recruited by USC running backs coach Jay Gtaham, but the entire Gamecock staff showed Williams a lot of attention during his time in Columbia.

"I talked with all of the coaches. They compared me to Alshon Jeffery, saying that I'm the same size he was in high school. They said they like me a lot," he said. "They told me they want me to come to a camp in June that they're having. They want me to come to more practices too. They were saying they're going to offer me."

Speaking of Jeffery - the record setting, All-American wide receiver who has become a household name across the country during his USC career - he passed on some words of advice to Williams, who is a prep standout in both football and basketball much like Jeffery was in high school.

"My coach told (Alshon) that I was playing basketball, and he told me, ‘The field is where the (future) money is at.' I'm going to focus on football a little bit more."

According to Williams, the two major in-state programs are showing the most interest in him at this point, and he believes both will verbally offer him soon. While he understandably does not have a timetable for a decision on his college choice at this early stage, Williams did name two early favorites in the race for his services.

"Clemson and USC are my top two right now," he said, noting that the two schools are even. "Both of them stay hard on their athletes about their education. They want them to graduate and either get a good job or go pro."

Lastly, Williams discussed what factors he will be looking for when the time comes for him to decide on a college destination.

"I want to (play for a school) that likes to pass the ball and go deep. I'll go wherever I fit best, whoever needs me for their offense."

Williams totaled 42 catches for over 700 yards and five touchdowns last season, while also passing for 450 yards and three scores as a part-time quarterback.

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