On Monday, Pitt football became the first program to extend an offer to 2023 offensive lineman Jven Williams from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. After communicating with the Pitt program through texts and mail, Williams received the call that he’d been waiting for from assistant coach Cory Sanders.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke on Tuesday afternoon with Williams (6’5″, 310) about his big phone call and also learned more about him as a player.
“I was really in shock,” said Williams. “Obviously, that is a free ride to play football and an education but my immediate reaction was shock and I couldn’t believe that it happened. I got a little emotional but I was mostly shocked. When coach called me, he first was asking me about my game this weekend and how we’re prepared for it. At first it was more of a conversation to find out how I was doing personally and then broke down the offer for me. He told me that I won’t have to be paying for college and to make sure I told my family right away and to post the news. He told me that the o-line coach really liked my film and really liked my feet and wanted to offer me.”
“When I got the news, I had to call home and wake up my parents to let them know. I then called Ross Tucker, who’s really been a mentor for me and then I called my position coach because we’re pretty close.”
Williams mentioned Ross Tucker, who’s a former NFL offensive lineman and is currently involved in the national media with CBS Sports, Westwood One Radio, Audacy Sports, etc. I asked him about Tucker and the relationship they have and the impact that he’s had on him.
Launched @gobigrecruiting my last year as a player in '07.
Helping great kids like Jven get noticed so that colleges are aware of their talents and can potentially offer them the opportunity to go to school for free is one of the most rewarding things in my life. 🙏 https://t.co/0sIxFdA2S6
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) September 21, 2021
“He’s an alumni of my school and someone that’s obviously been there and been in my shoes and has done what I’m trying to do. He’s been in the NFL, gone to the Ivy League and I like to say he’s been a huge mentor for me and my development,” said Williams. “He’s helped me a lot with my recruitment, he’s actually done all of it, helped put my recruiting tape together and I appreciate him so much because he obviously didn’t have to do that. I feel fortunate because not everyone has the opportunity to get the help that I’ve gotten from him.”
— Jven Williams 6’5 310lbs OT (@williams_jven) September 13, 2021
“A lot of people say the strength of my game are my feet. For a big guy like me, my coach throws me at guard because we run the Wing-T, so, I pull a lot. It’s hard to explain but I think I use my weight well when I play. Out of all of the lineman, I not going to be the strongest one but I’m the one that’s going to beat you with my speed and quickness.”
In terms of familiarity with Pitt, Williams says that he knows current Pitt linebacker Brandon George, who went to high school nearby and currently trains in the same gym as him. The other thing that Williams was quick to point out was that he’s aware that NFL great Aaron Donald went to Pitt.
Williams says that he intends to make an unofficial visit to Pitt in the near future. Other trips in his future are to Michigan, who is showing interest and this weekend he’ll be making his first visit to Penn State for their game against Villanova.
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