UPDATED at 9:32 a.m. on Wednesday: JaQuay Williams commits to Auburn
After covering college football recruiting all these years, I should’ve known it was too good to be true.
Some mutual friends of JaQuay Williams reached out to me and said the state’s No. 1 prospect at WR wanted to talk.
In the last few weeks, JaQuay had been bombarded with phone calls from college head coaches, college assistant coaches, friends, neighbors, and reporters from Rivals, Scout, 247Sports, ESPN and me — as he wrestled with the idea of sticking with his commitment to Auburn or flipping to UGA.
JaQuay had dodged many calls from coaches and nearly all of them from the media. But here it was Tuesday, one day before signing day, and JaQuay was finally read to break his silence. I think it’s safe to assume that I was chosen because he was going to flip to UGA.
We arranged to meet at a “secret location” – his training facility near downtown Atlanta. I was actually early for once, arriving well before 3:30 p.m. JaQuay wasn’t there by 4. Maybe he got caught in traffic? Maybe his ride after school was late? Maybe I was out of luck?
To make a long story short, JaQuay texted me his address and said we’d meet up after he talked with his family. On the 40-minute drive, I talked with one of JaQuay’s advisors and mentors, who told me that they had stayed up in the wee hours the other night watching video of Zeke Pike, Christian LeMay and Isaiah Crowell, along with film of two Temple games to get an idea of what Auburn’s offense would look like under its new offensive coordinator. Why Crowell? I forgot to ask.
I parked near the Taco Mac in Fayetteville, and waited for JaQuay’s next instruction. And waited. And waited. Finally, my Blackberry vibrated. JaQuay told me to call his uncle but unfortunately texted me a number that was out of order.
After another hour, I called his advisor, and he advised me to go by his house since I had the address. It was in a really nice neighborhood, with houses as big as castles. No sportswriter lived in this subdivision, I assure you. A really nice lady answered the door, and I asked if JaQuay wanted to do the interview or cancel it. Either way was fine for me; I just needed to know so I could let my editors know that we might have to find another story to take its place. “JaQuay will be studying until 8 p.m.,” she said with a big smile. I took that as the most polite “no” I’ve ever heard. She took my number.
And that’s where this story ended on Tuesday.
My guess is that JaQuay isn’t so sure about flipping to UGA after all.
Maybe he was going to meet with the Birmingham News instead?
We’ll know for sure at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at Sandy Creek High School.
Happy Signing Day, Y’all!
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