Duaron Williams, a stand out offensive linemen from Jones HS in Orlando has been busy this summer working out, going to camps all while being heavily recruited by college coaches
"My summer has been going great, I've just been training hard, going to camps, and getting ready for my upcoming season," said Williams. "The last thing I did was go to Nike's ‘The Opening in Oregon."
The 6-foot-4, 305 pound offensive lineman was one of 27 Florida prospects invited to ‘The Opening,' a camp featuring some of the nation's elite prospects. Williams was named a top O-lineman at the camp.
"It was awesome and an unforgettable experience. Just getting to work with guys like NFL guys like Russell Okung and Ndamukong Suh was just amazing," said Williams. "We had 27 kids from Florida there and there's some good competition between us and the Cali kids. Being named a top performer felt great and showed my hard work has paid off."
On the recruiting front, Williams is approaching 20 offers including ones from Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, Colorado State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Duke, Memphis, Marshall, Temple, Central Florida, and FIU. He also has plenty of schools showing him interest and plans on trimming his list.
"I'm going to start narrowing my list by the end of the summer. I'll start off with a top 15 and then go to 10, and then to a top five," said Williams. "I have a list of schools in my head, but I'm not ready to name them yet. There's a lot of good schools out there."
On August first, colleges were able to send out written offers and Williams received a bunch.
"I got four the first day from Ole Miss, Louisville USF, and Marshall. I got more yesterday but haven't opened the mail yet," said Williams. "It feels great to get them, because verbals are great too, but that's just word of mouth, but to actually see it on paper that you have a full ride is special."
One of those schools he received a letter from was USF and the standout offensive lineman knows a good amount about the Bulls program.
"USF is really growing fast and has done some really great things, said Williams. "I watched USF play a couple games last year. I saw them beat Miami and that was a really big game and thought they played awesome. They also played great in the win over Clemson in the Bowl game. I also watched them against Rutgers, because they've always been one of my top schools.
"They won a lot of big games over the last few years and that's a big statement," said Williams. "It just shows what kind of a program they have over at USF and that they can play against anybody and beat them."
Williams said he's made recent visits to Rutgers, and UCF, but has seen all of the Florida schools including FSU, UM, FIU and been to USF several times.
"I been to USF quite a few times, I have a few friends that go there and been there for the Badger 7on7 during the spring," said Williams. "The campus and facilities there are really nice. They've been upgrading them and they're getting better and better."
"I talk to offensive coordinator Todd Fitch and offensive line Coach Shank. I actually just talked to coach Fitch yesterday," said Williams. "I think they're really nice and cool coaches. Coach Shank is a really good guy and has a good offensive line mind. They tell me how much they love me and that they want me over there."
Williams may not be ready to release his full list but does know of some schools that will make his first cut.
"I'm pretty wide open but I know of a few that will make it," said Williams. "I'd say Rutgers for sure, because they've always been one of my top choices, and USF will definitely be making my first cut, no doubt."
Williams said he can play all three positions on the line, tackle, guard and center, and said that the Bulls along with most schools are recruiting him at guard, but some are for center and tackle.
"I can play anywhere on the line, I can do it all," said Williams. "I'm aggressive and I'm the type of guy that likes to put my hand in the dirt and get after it."
The Jones standout is also strong in the classroom, something college coaches covet.
"I have a 3.5 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT," said Williams. "College coaches tell me they love my work in the classroom as much as on the field."
As of now Williams is just excited to start fall camp and is hoping to help take his team far this season.
"I'm looking forward to it, that's for sure," said Williams. "We went 10-2 last year but lost in the first round to Cocoa. This is my senior year and I want to make it count