You know those rumors about longtime Auburn WR commit JaQuay Williams flipping to UGA?
They could shoot to the moon on Thursday.
UGA coach Mark Richt is expected to visit Sandy Creek High School on Thursday to speak with Williams, who is ranked as the state’s No. 1 prospect at WR.
“Honestly, all of this has kind of surprised me; I didn’t think Georgia would still be in it,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker told the AJC.
Georgia got involved very late with Williams, who committed to Auburn over Ohio State last summer. UGA only offered a few months ago and convinced him to take an official visit last weekend.
One day after returning from UGA, Williams had Auburn’s Gene Chizik waiting for him after class at Sandy Creek on Monday. It was Auburn’s recent coaching changes that caused Williams to look around.
“I think Georgia has some really good things to sell to JaQuay,” Walker said. “There’s the fact that they have a returning quarterback in Aaron Murray, who is established and can get the ball to him. The offense that Georgia runs is wide receiver-friendly. I think they’ve got a crew of wide receivers. Those are some of the big things that have really helped out UGA with JaQuay.”
Will JaQuay still take an official visit to Florida this weekend? “I don’t think he’s going to Florida unless something changes.”
There’s definitely something going on with Williams, and it may not be fully resolved until next week’s signing day. The normally outgoing Williams has had little to say publicly to the media and privately to other recruits since before his UGA visit.
“He has gone underground and really doesn’t want to talk to anybody except for his family,” Walker said. “He doesn’t want to talk to anybody except for his family. I just think he’s trying to figure out where he wants to be.”
Walker knows wide receivers. He coached the greatest WR ever produced by the state of Georgia: That would be NFL All-Pro Calvin Johnson, who played at Sandy Creek High School. (Yes, there’s Forest Park’s Hines Ward, too)
“It’s not fair to compare anybody to Calvin Johnson; he was 6-4, 215 pounds, ran a 4.4 and power-cleaned 330 pounds when he was here,” Walker said. “I think from a physical standpoint, JaQuay is the second-best we’ve ever had out of all our D1 wide receivers. JaQuay is going to be a really, really, really good football player at the next level. You know who he reminds me of? Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State. He’s 6-3 or 6-2, he’s thick and muscular, and really put together. That’s JaQuay Williams.”
UPDATE at 12:05 p.m: Mark Richt and UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner will be at Sandy Creek around 1 p.m. Thursday, according to Walker.
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