Friday, May 10, 2013
Juco receiver adds Texas offer, likes three
By Max Olson
A junior college receiver who has offers from several big-time programs was recently offered by Texas.
D’haquille Williams is the first junior college prospect to land a Texas offer. HornsNation caught up with two of his coaches at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College this week, and both made it clear they’ve never coached a guy like him.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver is one of the nation’s top juco prospects. He put up 1,295 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns on 67 catches as a freshman at MGCCC and also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Texas A&M, USC and a long list of schools.
Mack Brown's first junior college offer for the Class of 2014 went to talented receiver D'haquille Williams.
According to Mississippi Gulf Coast assistant coach Pete Bennett, Texas is near the top of Williams’ short list.
“The three he’s expressed to me as his top three are Auburn, Texas and Southern Cal,” Bennett said. “He’s very interested in Texas. He spent a semester at a prep school in Houston before we got him. I think he kind of experienced that whole Texas-Texas A&M deal. He’s definitely interested in Texas, I know that.”
The Louisiana native spent one year at Southeast Prep in Houston before enrolling at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Though the Texas connection is a real plus, the Longhorns also have one very strong tie to Mississippi Gulf Coast.
During his time at Alabama, UT defensive tackles coach Bo Davis discovered and signed Terrence Cody at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Back then, nobody wanted the future second-round NFL draft pick.
“To be honest with you, Bo Davis took Terrence Cody when nobody else wanted to,” Bennett said. “Mississippi State, Southern Miss, they didn’t want him. Bo Davis signed him and liked him and got Saban sold on him at Alabama. We know how that ended up. But if Terrence Cody didn’t go to Alabama, his only other offer, I think, was Memphis. So yeah, he’s done a good job recruiting our guys for sure.”
Mississippi Gulf Coast has produced Cody, Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard, recently drafted Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins and several others who made an impact in college. Their coaches say Williams is simply the best they’ve ever seen.
“He had a great, great season. He burst on the scene right off the bat and was an impact player,” Mississippi Gulf Coast head coach Steve Campbell said. “He’s got a chance to score every time he touches the ball, and if you can get it near him he’s going to catch it.”
When he first got to MGCCC, Williams talked a lot about planning to sign with LSU someday. That was always the goal. Not anymore.
Contact between Williams and the Tigers has been almost minimal, Bennett said, and Auburn has easily been recruiting him the hardest of any school. LSU hasn’t offered and certainly seems to have fallen behind, to the point that an offer might not change things much.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think he’s really interested in LSU anymore,” Bennett said. “I think he’s kind of past that. And to be honest with you, they haven’t shown much interest in him.
“Some of these kids want to be recruited and shown some love, and he’s that type of kid where I think he’s going to end up at the place where they recruit him the hardest. And LSU, they really haven’t recruited him as hard as the other schools.”
Campbell said Williams is in good shape academically and slated to graduate from MGCCC in December and enroll at a college in January. Right now, Texas has as good a chance as any to win him over.