North Carolina QB Considers UCLA

A 2011 quarterback prospect from North Carolina, 6-4 and 220-pound Marquise Williams, says he's open to going anywhere in the country, and he talks about how UCLA has been recruiting him and intends to visit Westwood...

Marquise Williams, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound three-star quarterback from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C., says he has around 15 scholarship offers but admits he hasn't started narrowing down his list yet.

"I haven't even really thought about that," Williams said when asked about his top five. "But I should have a top five this spring. I'll probably go through the whole process. I really want to make sure I find the best fit for me."

So what is Williams looking for in a college? "I want to be in a good community and where the fans and coaches treat you good," he said. "I want to be in a place where they care about football and support the team."

Williams just recently went to the Wake Forest Junior Day on Feb. 13. "It's a pretty cool place," he said about Wake Forest. "It's a real nice atmosphere and it just seems like a fun place. I know they have great fans and everyone in town likes football and follows the team."

Next up for Williams is Clemson's Junior Day. "I've been to Clemson before," he said. "It's a really cool place. I like their colors and the coaches are real cool."

He says he's already spoken with Clemson's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Billy Napier and assistant head coach/tackles/tight ends coach Danny Pearman. "I like them a lot," he said. "They are real nice and respectful and easy to talk to."

Williams says he may also attend the North Carolina State Junior Day. Wake Forest, North Carolina State and Clemson have all offered Williams as well as Florida, LSU, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Syracuse, Kansas State and UCLA.

He says the Bruins were his first offer last September. "I have a cousin in California, but I've never been," he said. "He says that it's beautiful and that I've gotta check them out.

"I think UCLA is still up-and-coming," he said. "Plus, they always seem to get a big win every year."

With offers from all over the country, Williams says that distance or location won't be a factor. "It's not gonna matter at all," he said.

So besides heading out west to visit UCLA, Williams also hopes to head to the Midwest and visit Michigan. "I like coach Rich Rodriguez," he said about the Wolverines. "He's changing it around and is gonna get it done.

"Plus, it's the Big House," he said. "You can't turn that down."

Another school that Williams hopes to visit during the spring or summer is Florida. "It's the Gators," he said. "That's a great name. You play for the Gators and that says a lot."

So what does Williams think about the task of following Tim Tebow? "He left some huge shoes to fill," he said.

Although Williams plan to check out the Gators, he admits he actually grew up following Miami. "My whole family used to watch Miami," he said. "We were all big ‘Canes fans."

The ‘Canes haven't offered him yet.

He says the school that is recruiting him the hardest is Virginia Tech. "They're sending me mail everyday," he said. "I'm always getting letters and notes from them. They're also keeping in contact with my coach a lot."

Williams finished his junior season with 2,400 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing for a total of 40 touchdowns.

"I have a very strong arm," he said about his strengths as a quarterback. "That's what separates me.

"I think I'm a lot like Vince Young because you never know if I'm gonna throw it or run it.

"But I'm not just a spread quarterback," he said. "I played pro-style as a freshman and I'm not too concerned about what offense I'm in. I think I can do it all."

He says he can bench 280-pounds, squat 410 and claims a 38-inch vertical jump.

Williams plans on majoring in sports broadcasting and reports a 3.0 core GPA and is taking the SAT on March 13.


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