Top QB to Visit UT

Persistence paid off in the Volunteer's pursuit of a QB prospect, as Isiah "Juice" Williams, who committed to Illinois in September, has scheduled a visit to Tennessee in December.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Williams is rated the nation's No. 5 signal caller by and regarded by many as the top dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2006. As a junior at Chicago Vocational High School passed for 982 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 843 yards and 14 TDs, picking up all-area, all-city and all-conference honors.

He improved his numbers as a senior, connecting on 72-of-128 passes for 1,562 yards and 24 touchdowns, while rushing 76 times for 1,142 yards and 18 scores.

Specifically, Williams said he went 72 for 128 for 1,562 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also had 76 carries for 1,142 yards (an average of almost 12 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns. More remarkably, he accounted for this impressive total of 2,704 yards and 42 touchdowns in just nine games for a 4-5 team. His contributions accounted for over 70 percent of the Cavaliers total offense.

Williams has drawn comparisons to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich due to his size, arm strength and physical toughness. He runs a 4.7 time in the 40 and has exceptional quickness which he uses to buy time or to burn defenses with on the ground.

"I'm a Michael Vick type quarterback," Williams said. "I have a powerful arm and I can run the football. My game is made for a run and gun type offense."

Although Tennessee's 2005 offense is closer to a hit-and-miss attack than run and gun, the Vols lack of performance at the quarterback position makes it attractive to a prospect looking to play early. The fact he is looking around at least indicates he's willing to be sold on the idea of leaving the state to play college football. And UT's competition is also from the South.

"I'm going to North Carolina for sure this weekend," Isiah Williams said. "North Carolina is playing Maryland and I finally got everything squared away for the trip down there. I've heard a lot of great things about North Carolina so I'm going down there with an open mind.

His visit to Tennessee is scheduled for Dec. 3 and will be followed by his official to Illinois.

"I also spoke with coach (Greg) Adkins down at Tennessee and I set up a visit with them for the first weekend in December," he told's Chris Pool. "Of course I have my Illinois visit set up for the weekend after my Tennessee visit."

Playing in the tough Illini Conference, Williams kept his team competitive this season and led the Cavaliers to a couple of impressive come-from-behind victories. He has strong leadership skills and a high character quota.

"Loving, caring, humble, happy and going all the time," Williams' mother described her son. "He's got this special distinction about him. He's got this loving atmosphere about him. He's never changed. Everybody loves him. People don't love him for the things he's done on the field, people love him for his personality. And that's just him."

Adding Juice might just make Tennessee's 2005 season go down a little bit easier.

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