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Monday, January 28, 2013
Ga. ATH Juwaan Williams makes call

By Brandon P. Oliver

After weighing offers from Oregon, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Notre Dame and others, Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) made his decision during a live television broadcast Monday night.

The nation's No. 110 athlete chose Oregon, helping the Ducks land one of their top remaining targets.

"I made my decision based on how I felt about the coaching staff at Oregon and the players I would be around," Williams said. "It was the hardest decision I've made in my short life, but I'm very blessed and honored to a part of a great program."

Williams has been focused on the Ducks since the summer and decided on them due in large part to his relationship with Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal.

"Coach Neal was great," Williams said. "He kept in contact with me from the start of the recruiting process. It was a great relationship that we developed. Any time I have had questions about anything, he was always there to make sure they were answered immediately."

Chip Kelly's departure hasn't changed much in Eugene. The Ducks continue to recruit versatile athletes who can play all over the field. The Ducks had the three-star Williams atop their target list for some time due to his potential at both wide receiver and defensive back. With his pledge, Williams becomes the Ducks' 16th commit in the Class of 2013 and the third to commit to new coach Mark Helfrich since Friday.