3-star ATH Juwaan Williams plans officials


CLARKSTON, Ga. -- After leading his team to 36-14 win over Cedar Grove, which features four-star quarterback and Vanderbilt commitment Johnathon McCrary (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove), Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) was not satisfied. Now in AAAAA after winning the AAAA state championship in 2011, Williams feels the bar has been raised for a successful season.

"The expectations are even higher here for the seniors and everyone that had a part in the state championship last night," Wiliams said.

On Friday, Williams excelled in directing the Tigers' multi-pronged rushing attack, as well as keeping the opposing defense on its toes. They were called offsides numerous times because of Williams' crafty snap counts.

"The offensive coaches here, Coach (Toderick) Malone, go through plays with me everyday to see what plays I can run and what checks I can make at the line of scrimmage," Williams said. "We saw some things they did last year and today we took advantage of their undisciplined tendencies."

In regard's to his recruitment, the three-star athlete has three officials set, with two more in the works.

The plan is to stay on offense unless they need him.

"I have set official visits to Notre Dame Sept. 21 for the Michigan game, to Oregon Oct. 5 for the Washington game and Clemson Oct. 19 for the Virginia Tech game," Williams said. "I am in the process of setting my official to Florida State and I will not be able to take my official visit to Vanderbilt until most likely January. I want to take all of my officials before I make my decision."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect plays quarterback now, but he will transition to another position at the next level.

"Everyone is recruiting me to play wide receiver except Clemson, whwants me to play defensive back," Williams said. "I would prefer to play offense, but I actually might get more balls thrown to me at cornerback. After the season is over with, I will start training for whatever position my college wants me to play at the next level. If they want me to play receiver or cornerback, I will work my tail off to be ready."

Two programs are after Williams the most right now.

"Notre Dame and Vanderbilt are recruiting me the hardest," Williams said. "I talk to coaches from both programs almost everyday."

The Peach State standout is prepared to leave the state for college, and is ready to go as far as he needs to start the next stage in his life.

"The distance from home is a factor, but I have sat down with my parents and they said they are behind me 100 percent wherever I choose," Williams said. "They know it is a great opportunity for me to become a man somewhere else outside of Georgia."