- Jamie Newberg, RecruitingNation
Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga.) is a multi-talented prospect from one of the top programs in the Peach State. He stars as a high school quarterback but will likely end up as a receiver or cornerback at the next level.
“I prefer offense because I love the ball in my hands," Williams said. "I can also block downfield. I love that. It’s a lost art and you don’t see many doing that for their teammates downfield.
“As a corner I have good size and I can cover a lot of field. I can go get the ball in the air and play safety as well.”
Williams, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, accounted for 18 touchdowns last season. That all came from playing quarterback and there’s one program out there that does like him at that position.
“Georgia Tech is the only school that has offered me as a quarterback,” Williams said. “The coaches said if it doesn’t work out there I can play another position. They are close to home and that’s big for me. Georgia Tech is very intriguing.”
Besides the Yellow Jackets, UCF (first offer), South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, FSU, Notre Dame, Louisville, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Clemson, East Carolina and Missouri have all offered. At one point that wasn’t the case and he was ready to make his decision roughly a month ago.
“Right around Valentine’s Day I was ready to commit to Vandy or Georgia Tech,” Williams said. “I was set and it was going to be one of those two schools. Then FSU offered. Then it was Notre Dame. Then came a bunch more. I was surprised. So I knew at that moment I had to stop and re-think everything.”
Williams teammate, Jacob Sealand, signed with Vandy this past February. His other teammate, Josh Dawson, was a long time Commodores commit before inking with Georgia on signing day. So Williams knows a lot of the team in Nashville.
“I went to Vandy’s junior day and it was great,” Williams said. “I talk with the coaches and I talk with Jacob about them all the time. I have a great bond with them. They treat me like I am already there. I like the offense and what they want to do.”
Williams may not have committed to Georgia Tech or Vandy last month but those two programs remain his leaders at this time.
“Those are the two schools I have seen,” Williams said. “I do plan on seeing FSU soon and maybe Clemson. I am looking at academics first. They have to have my major (pre-med or sports medicine). That’s the first thing I am looking at. The second thing is that the school has to be close to home. I’m a momma’s boy and she has to be close enough to see me play. I would also like to play my freshman season but I understand if I have to redshirt. I just want the opportunity.”