Juwaan Williams talks recruiting

Coming into the season Tucker High School, located in the Atlanta area, needed to find a replacement at quarterback. Norman Hayes, who garnered 10 Offensive Player of the Week selections as a junior and senior, is now playing for the Harvard Crimson. Junior Juwaan Williams has filled the void at quarterback exceedingly well leading the Tucker Tigers to a 9-0 record.

"This team has had great senior leadership," said Juwaan Williams. "We had a ton of weapons. I think we're just as explosive as we were last year."

It's hard to argue with Williams when you see that the Tigers have score 50 point or more in six or their nine games including a 77-point outburst against Carver. Williams rushed for two touchdowns in that game and passed for two more.

"I'm not sure what my stats are, but I think they're pretty good," Williams stated. "My athletic ability helps me to make plays out of the pocket in certain situations. Being able to read defenses and reacting to what they're doing is something I've worked hard on."

Williams, 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, played wide receiver last season. Out of his four college offers Wake Forest and East Carolina like him at wide receiver, Georgia Tech likes him at quarterback, and UCF is recruiting him as an athlete. In addition to quarterbacking the Tigers, he's also played a little safety on defense.

"My first offer was from UCF in the spring of my sophomore year," said Williams. "Wake Forest offered me in late September. I've talked to Coach (Lonnie) Galloway a couple of times, but haven't been up there yet for a visit. I like the way they spread the ball around with Tanner Price."

Williams has been to two Georgia Tech games this fall. He has two senior teammates, Jacob Sealand and Josh Dawson, who are commitments to Vanderbilt, and accompanied them to the Commodores' game with UGA.

"I've talked twice with Coach (Sean) Spencer," said Williams of Vanderbilt, "and a little with Coach Franklin when I went up there. I'm hearing from N.C. State too. When Russell Wilson played there before he transferred I thought he was like the best thing around. This Saturday, I'm going to my first game at UGA."

Williams said the other school he's been hearing from the most has been Florida. While a commitment may be down he road for this Peach Stater, he likes the idea of staying in a spread offense.

"I would like to play wide receiver in college, but I would love to play quarterback," Williams said. "I want to play in an offense where I'd get plenty of opportunities to get the ball. I'm looking for a college with academic prestige that's close to home. And somewhere I can make a fast impact on the field."

Williams is part of a talented junior class at Tucker. Running back Yusef Minor has been receiving a lot of Division 1 attention. Left tackle Alexander Hayes was offered by East Carolina the same day they offered Williams. And right tackle Evan Clay has been turning heads all season with his solid play on the line.

Sporting a 3.5 GPA, Williams is doing exceptional in the classroom. After the season he plans on competing in the 4x1, the 300 meter hurdles, and the long jump for the track team.

The Tigers finish their regular season with a trip to Lakeside. The Vikings (0-9) have really struggled this year, so the Tiger starters may not get much action with the 4A playoffs looming. Tucker made it to the semifinals a year ago falling to Starr's Mill by one point in what was considered a big upset.

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