Williams Favors Deacons

A campus visit put Wake Forest in the driver's seat, while the extending of a Demon Deacons' scholarship offer has firmly planted Wake Forest as the leader for Marshall Williams.

Marshall Williams, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound wide receiver from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, first got interested in the Deacons during an unofficial visit to Wake Forest's campus.

"I went down there and was very impressed," said Williams. "They treated me like family, showed me the atmosphere and all the amenities of the campus – they made me feel like I was of high interest to them."

Shortly after visiting Winston-Salem, Williams spoke to the coaching staff over the phone where he was informed that a Wake Forest offer was on the table. After some thought, Williams declared the Demon Deacons his leader.

"I'm looking for the best athletic and academic combo," said Williams. "Wake Forest is by the far the top one right now. Their business school, which I'm looking to major in, is one of the top business schools in the country."

Considering the fact that Williams plans to commit by mid-summer, Wake Forest is in pretty good shape to land a wide receiver for their 2006 recruiting class.

"I want to commit by the end of June after I attend all my camps so I can see my options," said Williams. "But, by far, Wake Forest has a commanding lead in my book.

"[After the camps], I will definitely call and see honestly where I stand on an interest level. If I don't get a good response I will have to go back to my options."

Marshall will camp at Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia, and maybe Nebraska.

At each camping stop, Marshall hopes to replicate his performance during last weekend's Shrine Bowl Combine. He posted a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, 4.44-second 20-yard shuttle, and 31.6-inch vertical jump.

Despite sharing the passing game with another quality receiver, Marshall caught 53 passes for 777 yards and ten touchdowns last season. He earned all-area and all-conference recognition.

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