Certain athletes that you talk to just have that confidence and swagger about them. When you’re talking you just get the feeling that they’re headed for success. Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) cornerback Marquis Williams is one of those players.
Williams (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) is one of the most highly rated junior cornerbacks in Florida. 247 Sports rates Williams as a 3-star recruit while Rivals lists him as 4-star. Regardless of the star designation, this Florida athletes has all the makings of being a star in college.
A tweet this morning by Williams caused me to reach out to him.
University Pittsburgh!! Where you at? ????????
— Marquis Williams (@Williamsisland2) February 9, 2017
This is just the case of Williams wanting to hear from Pitt coaches and also the Pitt fans. A Pitt 2017 commit is a friend of William’s and has him interested in the Panthers.
“Dontavius Butler, that’s my home boy. He just keeps telling me that the coaches are great and he talks a lot to me about the city of Pittsburgh,” said Williams.
It just so happens that Williams has been to Pittsburgh before, watching his uncle who’s a former Pittsburgh Steeler.
“I’ve been to Pittsburgh before because my uncle, Tyrone Carter, played for the Steelers so I’m used to Pittsburgh, I like it.”
Looking at his list of early offers, tells you what programs think of Williams. Currently, he holds offers from Clemson, Louisville, Michigan State, NC State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
With such an impressive list, does Williams have any early favorites?
“I’m wide open, I’m wide open, there’s no way around it. I’m wide open. Yeah I’m from Florida but I’ll go wherever to play football. I don’t care where it is, how far away it is. I’m going to make my parents proud. I’m open to go to any state to play football.”
One thing that Williams was aware of is how active the Pitt program has been the last two years in recruiting Florida and that didn’t surprise him.
“Florida, it’s a whole different ball game down here. In Florida there’s nothing but competitive kids. Hands down, we’re the best when it comes to football. Coming from Florida, I feel we have a big advantage over other kids because of the competition down here,” said Williams.
“We’ll see how it goes but maybe I’ll be added to that list (of Pitt recruits from Florida).”
I asked Williams if there’s something about Pitt that interests him most.
“Last year I watched some of their games and the DB coach and defensive coordinator let the cornerbacks play ball. When they man up, they let their cornerbacks play. That’s the type of cornerback I am, I play man up. If you’re going to beat me, I’m going to play you and you’ll get the best out of me,” said Williams.
Some kids embrace the recruiting process but not Williams. He’s looking forward to what the next year brings and eventually taking his skills to a college football program.
“I’m very excited. It’s not about anything but the love I have for the game of football. I love to compete. There’s a lot of talented wide receivers that I want to go against in college. I’m ready. I’m not rushing it but I’m ready for college football.”