Williams went under the radar for just about the entire football season until we showcased him when Carolina faced AA powerhouse Broome High School. It was then that we realized the youngster has major potential and is indeed one of the most underrated players in the state. Offensively he was making big plays at the wide receiver position and defensively he made some film worthy highlight tackles and coverage skills playing both linebacker and safety for the Trojans. At 6'3 200 pounds he posesses a great frame as either a linebacker or safety at the next level.
The athletic prowess doesn't stop on the gridiron though as Marques also stars on the basketball court for the Trojans as well. The Trojans are having a tough time of it this year on the court as they have traditionally been a very strong hoops program under the tutelage of coach Thomas Fair over the last decade. Williams talked about his hoops season thus far, "Right now we've got a bunch of young players that aren't as experienced like the guys we've had the last couple of years. We had a game yesterday and beat Chesnee 54-48. I scored 24 points in that one." For the season Williams has quietly been trying to carry his young teammates with season averages of 20.4 points per game and 12.3 rebounds per game.
Two schools have already stepped forward and offered Williams scholarships recently. "I've got offers from St. Augustine's and North Greenville." Given his ability to excel at both football and basketball Williams says if he can maintain his grades at a high level he wouldn't rule out trying to play both sports in college as well.
While those two schools have already offered scholarships Williams has been like many high school seniors by sending out college applications. Being a strong performer in the classroom he's already seeing his work in the books pay off. "I've sent out some applications and I just got accepted to Winthrop which academically is one of my top choices. I've also applied to South Carolina and Clemson but I haven't heard back from them yet. I just got confirmation from both that they've received my application so we'll see."
Asked if there's one particular school he'd prefer to attend Williams responded, "I would say South Carolina." While the Gamecocks haven't expressed much interest in Williams for his football or basketball talents that may not stop Williams from trying to walk-on if the opportunity presents itself wherever he decides to go to school.
Williams has the ability to compete on an extremely high level as witnessed by Scout.com during Carolina's matchup against Broome being matched up most of the day against highly regarded wideout Markish Jones (soft Clemson commit). Check out the video link at the bottom and see why Williams should garner more interest from programs in the southeast region looking for big time talent that many others have overlooked.
SCPrepNation.com will have more as the recruitment of Marques Williams unfolds. A decision could be forthcoming Williams says on or right before signing day.
Marques Williams outjumps Markish Jones tipping the ball to himself and scoring a touchdown.
Williams and Jones battled all day with both making some great plays. Jones and Broome High won but Williams made a strong statement with his play against Jones.
All smiles during Senior day and a tremendous performance