Georgia’s No. 1 WR narrows to Auburn and Ohio State

It's Auburn or Ohio State for award-winning WR JaQuay Williams (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

It's Auburn or Ohio State for award-winning WR JaQuay Williams (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at WR has narrowed down to Auburn and Ohio State, and will announce his college decision after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

JaQuay Williams, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver from Sandy Creek High School, made an unofficial visit to Auburn over the weekend. Williams considered the top WR in Georgia, won the top award at the Atlanta MVP Camp attended by many other of the state’s top college prospects, and is ranked as the nation’s No. 94 overall player by Rivals.com.

“It was good; I met all the coaches, and they took my family around and showed them a nice time,” Williams told the AJC.

Williams had said previously that he was going to pick from Auburn, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee among his 20 offers. On Sunday, he narrowed it to two.

“Really, my top two are Auburn and Ohio State,” Williams told the AJC.

It appears that Auburn may be on the brink of landing its third commitment from Georgia for 2012, following Creekside DB Josh Holsey and Callaway TE Ricky Parks.

“Auburn has one of the best wide receiver coaches in the country,” Williams said. “It’s a great tradition down there, and I like the offense. They’ve really been on a hot streak with recruiting.”

Williams said his childhood favorite is Ohio State but that he’s had mixed feelings about the Buckeyes since the resignation of coach Jim Tressel. Williams, who made an unofficial visit to Ohio State over spring break, said he talked to Tressel the night before he resigned. “He didn’t really talk about football during that phone conversation,” Williams recalled. “He was asking how everything was going, asked how my mother was doing. He didn’t say anything that would make me thing he was going to resign the next morning.”

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Williams said he has remained in contact with Ohio State’s assistant coaches. “They’ve been great, and they wish the the best with my decision. Ohio State was the team I loved growing up, but you’ve got to look at things differently when you’re picking a college to spend the next four years of your life at.”

Last season as a junior, Williams caught 48 passes for 728 yards and 10 touchdowns for Heard County High School. He transferred to Sandy Creek last spring.

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146 comments Add your comment

Dawgs97

June 13th, 2011
12:56 am

Ohio State? HA HA HA HA HA.

Gator

June 13th, 2011
1:57 am

Wow. Two programs that might not even have programs in a few years… I guess he is waiting for the final bid before deciding.

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chbailey44

June 13th, 2011
3:20 am

Wow rmikel….its no wonder that people can’t stand georgia fans. A kid decides that Athens isn’t the place he wants to go and jacka**es like you blast him for it. I hope he does go to auburn so he can light up the craphole you call a secondary over there. As far as thugs, I think georgia has a monopoly on those. They were barely able to field a team the last couple of years since all their players were in the Athens correctional institute. And yeah, Athens is a great place to go…if you’re an alcoholic ….that’s all there is to do there. Auburn is a nice little town, nothing special, but is much rather be there then in Athens any day. All the fumes from the mobile meth labs in Athens really stinks up that shi thole. And get your story straight about the players that got kicked off auburn. They robbed some people…there was no raping dumbass. And our coach immediately kicked them off the team. Richt would have just made them sit out a half against the Catholic Sisters of the Poor that georgia schedules their first three weeks.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

June 13th, 2011
3:21 am

More importantly than this non-issue, is the fact that LeChoke James didn’t win 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, not even “six” championships tonight.. I wonder if he knew he was selling his soul for second place, and if not, did he hold onto his receipt? If anyone doubts that scum-bags allegiances, check out the “illuminati” triangle symbol he often does, taught to him by his closet mentor Jay-z, who also worships the devil. That is no joke. Why would someone already rich and famous sell their soul for a few more bucks? GREED.

Dawggone Truth

June 13th, 2011
3:22 am

JaQuay we could sure use you at Georgia! Be a member of the Dream Team ‘12!!!

semperfiwareagle

June 13th, 2011
3:51 am

No doubt he picks Auburn! WAR EAGLE Jaquay and welcome to the family in advance. Seen him play at heard county against callaway and he is a beast. Now he can come play with former rivals Quan Bray and Ricky Parks and bring more crystal balls to the plains. This is more fruits of the labor of the best coaching/recruiting staff in the nation. Geno Smith will soon be following suit.WDE!!!

SmrrtTygerWarAegle

June 13th, 2011
6:16 am

How are these kids stupid enough to pick Auburn knowing that NCAA investigations are still ongoing? Oh that’s right, you have to be pretty uneducated to be accepted there.

Growlingtiger

June 13th, 2011
6:20 am

@Gator. please tell us why Auburn might not have a program anymore than Florida or Alabama might not have a program. Something could always happen in the future but please be specific and tell us what prompts you to say that based on the past. Use facts and not just you imagination.

Growlingtiger

June 13th, 2011
6:20 am

@Gator. please tell us why Auburn might not have a program anymore than Florida or Alabama might not have a program. Something could always happen in the future but please be specific and tell us what prompts you to say that based on the past. Use facts and not just you imagination.

semperfiwareagle

June 13th, 2011
6:40 am

@SmrrtTygerWarAegle , i think what we have here is a disgruntled dawg or a bammer. I’m pretty sure he had an offer from your school of choice but chose to be an AUBURN TIGER! The greatest little village on the plains steals another GA prospect so you feel it necessary to bash Auburn University.
@ gator, the NCAA found nothing, still have found nothing, and will never find nothing. WDE!!!

Gamecock s.e.c. East Champs 2010-2015

June 13th, 2011
6:40 am

Did uga offer this did?

RomeDawg

June 13th, 2011
6:41 am

Why would anyone be considering Ohio State at this time? Too many questions with very few answers….

NC Dawg

June 13th, 2011
7:03 am

Wow. Enjoy probation Jaquay. I am sure auburn is the next house of cards to fall.

TXDawg

June 13th, 2011
7:22 am

UGA has not offered JaQuay due to concerns that he will not qualify. Plain and simple with the new hard 25 rule in the SEC I’m not sure if he sticks with the SEC, or should I say if Auburn will stick with him if he looks as if he won’t qualify and numbers are tight.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 13th, 2011
7:28 am

Let the kid go where he wants to go. If nothing else, this weekend has proven that if the kid wants to go to UGA, and there is a spot for him, he will go there. IF he wants Auburn or Ohio state, it is his choice. Don’t knock the kid or insult him. It is not CMR either so don’t start that. The kid had his mind made up a long time ago. I think, if it were my choice though, I would steer clear of the OSU since they are probably going to be missing from a bowl game for a few years and this would decrease his visibility nationally. Pretty much think he already sees the NFL in his mind so good luck kid.

GO DAWGS

.

June 13th, 2011
7:36 am

JaQuay, when not attending recruiting camps, lives in a cave. Obviously, he needs someone who cares about him to get involved.

Buckeye

June 13th, 2011
7:39 am

dawgs,

Laugh all you want…..I see uga is not even under consideration.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

skydawg

June 13th, 2011
7:47 am

In other words he means…”Show me the money”. Who in their right mind would commit to either of these schools at a time when both are under SERIOUS NCAA allegations and most likely serious infractions and penalties unless he is expecting the same “Royal” treatment. Have fun playing for either one of these teams on major probation.

Tide Roll

June 13th, 2011
7:58 am

If Auburn signs C.J. Uzomah last year, then Richt should go get Ricky Parks this year. If Tennessee signs JuJuan James last year, then Richt has a good argument to land Antonio Richardson this year. Are you sure your getting 100% from Richt and his staff? I’m afraid they tried to sell Parks on fullback, like Figgins. What a joke. Losing Parks to Auburn and Under Armour All American OT Brandon Greene to Bama is not good. These things shouldn’t be happening with in-state kids. Auburn currently has 5 African American coaches on their staff who can recruit and coach up a storm. To argue that this doesn’t make a difference is to ignore today’s reality. UGA needs to get serious and get with it – before it’s too late.

Mr. Johnson

June 13th, 2011
8:18 am

Blake Tibbs of M.L. King is the #1 receiver in GA… Not this guy.

MikeP

June 13th, 2011
8:36 am

SmrrtTygerWarAegle
June 13th, 2011
6:16 am
“How are these kids stupid enough to pick Auburn knowing that NCAA investigations are still ongoing? Oh that’s right, you have to be pretty uneducated to be accepted there.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
You aren’t “Smrrt” as your name would seem to imply. Were you even half-smart, you would know that there is no current NCAA investigation of Auburn. That only exists in the daydreams of jealous fans of rival schools.

It’s Great To Be An Auburn Tiger!

npgator

June 13th, 2011
8:54 am

Show me the money!

Delbert D.

June 13th, 2011
9:04 am

This is the final year for for the rest of the coaching staff at An Ohio State University, I think.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 13th, 2011
9:07 am

Buckeye,

Want to bet he signs with Auburn? He wanted to be a buckeye since he was a little kid, but his last contact with them was the night before Tressel, decided to leave the area. He probably is not going to want to go to a team, that will be on probation for three year and out of the bowl picture for at least 2 years. He wants visibilty for the NFL, and that might be a little hard to come by for The Ohio State in the near future.
UGA by the way already has 2 Wr’s for the class of 2012 recruited so that is probably not as big a priority right now as it could have been.

GO DAWGS

pete

June 13th, 2011
9:10 am

It is interesting that his top 2 are schools where students appear to be getting extra benefits.

monroe area

June 13th, 2011
9:15 am

Mr. Johnson Did MLK get Tibbs from another school like they did with kenderius whitehead. GHSA has to look into this program. Rumor has it they have 7 transfers from SWD, Union Grove, stockbridge, monroe area, redan, woodlands and pebblebrook. When is GHSA going to do their job.

Tosh.No

June 13th, 2011
9:16 am

chbailey44 – I don’t even know where to begin with that retarded rant. Looks to be clear that you got your schools swithced though. We figured that out. Guess meth does crazy things to the mind, you may want to lay off it for a while bro.

Patrick

June 13th, 2011
9:18 am

Buckeye – Laugh all YOU want… First, the kid doesn’t have an offer from UGA… hence, UGA isn’t one of his finalists. Second… you’re delusional if you think he’s going to Ohio State. The Buckeyes may be a childhood favorite of his… but the state of the program in Columbus is a little bit different than it was 8-10 years ago when this kid was a child. Right about now would be a good time for you to climb back in your hole. Come back out in 4-5 years when Ohio State will actually be eligible to play in a bowl game again, much less sign a full class of scholarship athletes.

Tide Roll – UGA already has a TE committed in this years class and please go check out the depth chart at that position at UGA. You’ll notice that we pulled one of the top TE’s last year in Jay Rome and you’ll also find that Jay will be the man in waiting behind two All SEC calibur TE’s (Charles/White) and another in Arty Lynch who would be starting at most other D1 programs. Get a clue.. Oh, and Figgens wasn’t “Sold” on playing FB. He came in as a TE, broke a team rule, and found himself lower on the depth chart. Now he’s been moved to TE so that he can be in a position to help the team. Anonio Richardson was the number #1 OL in the state of Tennesse and went to play for his in state school. UGA made a last minute push at this guy after scholly’s opened up, but he was a lean toward UT from the beginning. That wasn’t exactly a huge loss for Richt.. it would have only been icing on the cake if he had come to Athens. You obviously have no actual knowledge.

I’d say Richt and co. are doing pretty well after picking up some nice recruits over the weekend… and if my information is correct, there are more to come in the very near future. I’m not here to sling mud like you. I’m just telling you both how it is. Hope you have a nice day…

Terrelle Schlichter

June 13th, 2011
9:19 am

Buckeye

June 13th, 2011
9:50 am

Based on the article, it would seem Auburn will land the kid. So, Ain’t Rocket, I agree with you.

Buckeye

June 13th, 2011
9:51 am

Another day, another Ohio State headline on ajc.com!

Buckeye

June 13th, 2011
9:53 am

Patrick,

So, uga and Win With don’t want/need the # 1 receiver in the state? Seems to me, he’s on another level – his talent is better than uga.

By the way, I’m not climbing back in any hole, hole.

Patrick

June 13th, 2011
10:27 am

Buckeye – I’m not saying the kid doesn’t have talent. I’m just saying that for whatever reason UGA hasn’t offered him… just like Florida and Bama haven’t offered either. And you’re right… UGA never pulls top talent at WR. Who was the top WR in April’s NFL draft again?

Patrick

June 13th, 2011
10:28 am

Oh and by the way… if you don’t plan on climbing into a hole, you might want to find one. This is yet another OSU headline on the AJC and I’m sure there will be many more to come in the near future. Unfortunatley, I don’t think you’re going to like the headlines that will be coming…

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

June 13th, 2011
10:33 am

This poor kid has never been in Ohio in the Winter time…not to bright.

Buckeye

June 13th, 2011
10:49 am

Patrick,

Yep, AJ has fallen into the Bengal abyss. Perhaps we’ll see a headline/highlight in Sports Center.

Buckeye

June 13th, 2011
10:50 am

Dixie,

You are right about that!

rgarrard

June 13th, 2011
10:50 am

TThe one and only reason the bammers, Georgia and Florida didn’t offer was because he was never the least bit interested in those schools. Why offer someone that you know you have NO shot at?

Buckeye

June 13th, 2011
10:52 am

Patrick,

I’ve moved on, posted my predictions relative to the scandel and so far I’m batting 1.000. No holes required for this Buckeye.

RTR22

June 13th, 2011
10:57 am

NCAA found something 7 times before Aubies. The Barn is the most penalized program is the SEC. FACT, 7 MAJOR PENALITIES, FACT JUST DO THE RESEARCH

Mr. Johnson

June 13th, 2011
11:06 am

Monroe Area I am a huge MLK fan and I’ve never seen Whitehead on campus over here… Blake has been here since 9th grade and the only transfer that I’ve seen is Andrecas Jackson and he transferred over to MLK in January… What are the players names from Woodland, Redan, and Pebblebrook??? State your facts and stop making allegations…

Mr. Johnson

June 13th, 2011
11:07 am

And kids transfer all the time

Mr. SEC

June 13th, 2011
11:18 am

This guy is a complete idiot. Ohio State, Really! Go to an institution thatis in so much trouble already with the NCAA is a joke. Then we have the infamous Auburn bunch, who has offers out to everybody from 8th grade up just like their buddies at Alabama. When are kids going to wake up and see where they can excell faster at, UGA of course. UGA is known to produce year after year WR’s to the pro’s. UGA is the WR University of the SEC. The kid is making a mistake. Redshirts and grayshirts are scattered everywhere at Auburn and Alabama, and Ohio State may not be able to find a shirt to put on after all of the NCAA’s sanctions that will be put on them. Somebody better get his attention!

Ca dawg

June 13th, 2011
11:25 am

Buckeye: we havent offered Williams because we don’t think he can qualify and because our class is going to be small this year. Please pay more attention. At the very least scan previous posts. Thanks for playing.

Patrick: that was a nice, thoughtful response to tide roll, but you should know that that guy’s agenda has nothing to do with football. He’s a race-baiting buffoon.

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Buckeye

June 13th, 2011
12:40 pm

How long will it take the ajc to post Pryor has signed on with Drew Rosenhaus??.

Another Ohio State headline on the good ol’ ajc.com.

Joshua Barlowe

June 13th, 2011
12:52 pm

With this top two, I guess this young man wants to get PAID.

McDawg

June 13th, 2011
1:29 pm

surprised USC not on his list-interesting choices

GT 4ever

June 13th, 2011
2:02 pm

JaQuay must be attractede to slimy coaches: Chizik (see Cam Newton) or Tressel (see everything about Ohio State.) Hey pal– better hope the War Eagles aren’t grounded over Cam– it aain’t over.