Juwaan Williams and his parents sat down and talked about his recruitment just yesterday. Their…
Juwaan Williams To Officially Visit Oregon
How long ago did you receive that offer?
"I believe early May, so three or four weeks ago."
What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?
"It varies. When coach (John) Neal was here in Georgia, he came by to my high school to visit me and we talked a little bit before practice. I rarely call him, but when I have questions or I just want to say ‘Hi' or see what's up, I will call him."
In your conversations with coach Neal, what have the two of you discussed?
"Well when he came, he came at the end of the school day. We walked down to the locker room and sat in coach's office and talked a little bit. I believe he watched a little bit of my practice and that's about it...He likes my ball skills and my character as a player on and off the field. He said that I'm a rare breed of a kid, but he would like to have every kid he recruits to be like me."
Did coach Neal specify what position Oregon is evaluating you at?
"Yes sir, they offered me as a receiver."
Is coach Neal the only coach from Oregon that you've been in contact with?
Did coach Neal ever mention anything to you about Oregon's receivers coach, Scott Frost, getting in touch with you?
"No sir. He was just excited that I got the offer from Oregon and tried to figure out when I would be coming out there."
Have you made any decisions as far as when you might take an unofficial or official visit to Oregon?
"After this offer, it was kind of put in to stone that I would go to Oregon on an official visit."
Have you set up a specific date for your official visit to Oregon?
"No sir I haven't."
What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?
"It's very high. I mean, Oregon is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a kid like me, so that goes in to my decision greatly just because of all the things they've done in the past and what they're looking forward to do with the program they have now."
What is it about Oregon that stands out to you specifically?
"Well, over the years when I've watched them on TV, it's a high-powered offense and they spread the ball around very evenly; being a receiver, I wouldn't mind going to Oregon and handling the ball a lot there. Their uniforms really...I mean how could you go wrong with the uniforms they have."
Are most schools recruiting you as a wide receiver, or have you received offers at defensive back and quarterback as well?
"Yes sir, it has varied. Most schools look at me at receiver, but some of them look at me as a defensive back and only Georgia Tech is the school who has offered me now as a quarterback."
Is distance a factor for you?
"In the end, I would like to stay closer to home, but being that it's Oregon and like I said before, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, that would be one of the exceptions I would make."
How would you describe yourself as a player?
"I'm a playmaker, first and foremost. When the time comes, and a play needs to be made, I don't really request for the ball to be in my hands even though I can do something spectacular with it. I just lead by example, that's about it."
Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?
"No, not really. I just try to go out there everyday and make my own name; I want to be the first Juwaan Williams, not the second so-and-so."
What are you looking for in a program?
"Well first and foremost is if they have my major, which is huge. It's either sports medicine or pre-med and secondly, how fast can I get on the field? Is it one or two years?"
What are some of the offers you have right now?
"Florida State, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Louisville, Mississippi, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and I have a couple others, I just can't think of them off the top of my head."
Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?
"Not right now, but it's in the works, it's being made...I'll probably cut my list down probably sometime in the next two or three days and my ultimate decision will probably be in January after I take all my officials."
As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?
"I haven't been anywhere yet, but I do have an unofficial visit to Ole Miss Saturday and then I'm going to a camp at Alabama either Sunday or Tuesday for their camp. The following week, I will be at Clemson and then Vanderbilt."
Is Oregon the only official visit that you've set up to this point?
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