BUFORD, Ga. — The cast on Jamyest Williams' foot didn't stop him from garnering most of the attention on the sideline of Buford High School's practice facility Sunday for The Opening Atlanta. The Scout four-star athlete didn't participate due to a planned surgery he had from a bone spur in his foot, but Williams still discussed his favorite schools and how his recruitment process is going as he whittles down an extremely long offer list.
The No. 2-ranked athlete in the Peach State has a favorite group of schools that reads as a who's who of elite college football programs. Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State all are mentioned as some of his top schools currently, with Tennessee also lodged right in the mix. Williams has visited Knoxville a handful of times over the past two years, with his most recent trip ending in a sit-down with head coach Butch Jones.
"The last time I was there I was talking to coach Jones in his office," Williams told IT. "Him and my dad had a great talk with also me too. It's just great there. I can't wait to go back soon."
Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez serves as Williams' main recruiter as he conveys the deep history of Tennessee's football program to the Archer High School star.
"They have tradition," Williams said of Tennessee. "Coach Martinez is friends with me."
Williams, who has never been to a Tennessee game, told InsideTennessee he'll "probably" take an official visit to Knoxville in the fall to catch the Vols on the gridiron for the first time.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound weapon of versatility who could play running back or defensive back at the next level. Williams rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 23 touchdowns last season at Archer while also moonlighting as a defensive back. When it comes to finding a home at the next level, Williams isn't concerned with early playing time as much as he is a place where he fits in on the field and in the classroom.
"I really don't look at coming in early, because everywhere you go you're going to have to compete," the Scout 300 member said. "I just look at it as coming in and competing. The way I look at it is, am I going to feel at home when I go there? Because anywhere I go I'm going to have to compete."