Williams goes in-depth on WFU commitment

Jaboree Williams, who was offered by Wake Forest in April, committed to the Deacons South Florida recruiter, Ray McCartney, on Thursday, May 30th. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker out of Fort Lauderdale High School selected Wake Forest over North Carolina. He told DeaconSports.com he intends to help Jim Grobe's program return to ACC championship form when he arrives.

"On Thursday I called Coach Mac to let him know I wanted to commit," said Williams. "When I called him, I began by asking him how it goes when a player wants to commit. He started saying this and that about it, but I stopped him in his tracks and let him know that I was ready to commit. He went crazy when I told him. He was very excited about it.

"The difference maker for me was the class sizes. Wake Forest is a private institution and their classes are about 25 people instead of 200. I wanted to receive a hands-on education and not just be another name or number in the class. I think I'll be able to learn more in a smaller classroom setting.

"Wake Forest won the ACC in 2006. They need playmakers at linebacker like they had with Jon Abbate. I think what they're lacking is leadership at linebacker and I'm ready to come in and take on that responsibility. I have a great relationship with Coach Belin and Coach Mac and I want to meet with Coach Knorr next week when I go up for an unofficial visit."

Williams had 105 tackles, nine sacks, nine pass breakups, five interceptions, and one passing touchdown in 2012 for the Fort Lauderdale Flying L's in his junior season. He played both inside and outside linebacker as well as bandit in a 4-2-5 defense. Williams says he's glad he can focus on leading his team as a senior now that he has ended the recruiting process.

"It's definitely a lot of stress off of me," he said on making his college decision. "It was hard to decide between Wake Forest and UNC. Both have great programs. I feel like I made the right decision and I'm ready to help us go after our goal of being district champs. Last year we lost by three in the playoffs, but I believe this is our year to bring the district championship home.

"I'm going to go crazy this summer with my teammates and make a lot of road trips. I have three other teammates, Gerald Nesbitt, Darrell Beard, and Jaquan Banks, who are going to be D-1 players. We're going to be visiting campuses and camping. I'm not sure which ones yet but definitely Wake Forest and UNC."

Williams joins Cameron Glenn, who committed in April, in the Deacons Class of 2014.


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