Another Charlotte QB

After Antonio Miller, former East Carolina commitment, graduated from Charlotte (N.C.) Olympic many wondered if the football program could continue to build upon its success without the athletic quarterback. Not only did head coach Maurice Flowers prove the doubters wrong with a solid 2004 season, but he also continued to build upon his reputation of developing quarterbacks with the success of junior Ben Williams, who had a breakout season.

Just like Miller, Ben Williams's junior year success has overlapped into the recruiting spectrum.

"Right now I would say [North] Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia are recruiting me the hardest" said Williams. "Pretty much most of the ACC and SEC schools are showing interest, but none of them have offered scholarships yet."

One item holding up scholarship offers for Williams is recruiters' difficulty in finding a position for the true athlete. Williams's arm and speed make him attract, but the 6-foot, 185-pounder might not have the size to play quarterback at the division I-A level.

"My coach said that the only way I would play quarterback at the D-1 level is if I got a little bit taller," said Williams. "I'm about 5'11"-6-feet right now, and colleges look for the pro type quarterbacks 6'2"-6'3", about 200 pounds, the strong arm. The only thing that I don't have right now is the height."

Williams realizes that wide receiver or defensive back could be his positions at the next level. However, his goal is to play quarterback in college and admits position will be a factor in his final decision.

"To tell you the truth I really don't have any favorites," said Williams. "I'd like stay right around the southeast region; like the ACC or SEC schools. It all comes down to who is recruiting me the hardest and what position they are recruiting me for."

Two weekends ago, Williams unofficially visited North Carolina for their Junior Day. He plans to attend Georgia's junior day in April and figures to have a pretty busy summer camping schedule.


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