"They were the best athletic and academic combo. They showed loyalty to me first ever since a combine way back in April they've been on me hard and offered me pretty early. Whereas other schools saw me later on and had questions about me, but Wake has always been very positive. And the family atmosphere at Wake is something that I want to be a part of."
Williams, 6-foot-2, 165-pound wide receiver from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, and his parents listed the pros and cons of each school and in the end, Wake Forest just seemed like the complete package.
"With the schools that offered we looked at the good and the bad," said Williams. "Every school that offered we had a chance to visit. Maryland we went up there for a one day camp - I got a good feel for their coaches and campus, but I didn't feel as at home like I did at Wake.
"Everything was good about Duke except that it was in Durham and I wanted to go away.
"Pretty much every school had good coaches, excellent coaches, excellent programs, but Wake definitely had the edge being that they were a family atmosphere and that they really took care of their players. More importantly the business degree I can get from Wake could benefit me better than any other school because Duke didn't have an undergrad business program."
Although a trend has developed in college football recruiting of switching schools after making a commitment, Williams affirms that his verbal commitment is as firm as it gets. "Well now that recruiting is out of the way I know some will stop but some won't," said Williams. "But as they come on by I will let them know I'm still committed to Wake Forest. I'm a man of my word so it'd be pretty hard for me to decommit."
Coach [Jeff] Mullen - Williams's recruiting coordinator - was happily interrupted on his vacation of the news.
"I talked to Coach Mullen," said Williams. "He was at the beach, but he wanted me to call him and tell him the news. I told him that I wanted to commit and he said it was fine. He told me he's made a commitment to me now that I've made a commitment to him and his commitment won't be broken."
Williams and his parents are contemplating the possibility of graduating early and enrolling at Wake Forest in January.
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. Surprisingly, Williams might play quarterback for Riverside this season.