My day with JaQuay Williams

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.

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78 comments Add your comment

ATLNTA

January 31st, 2012
9:45 pm

First- GOOD article worth reading on such a nite , one day to signing- GO DAWGS

FL Jacket

January 31st, 2012
9:46 pm

Wow, Sandy Creek is playing everybody for fools lately…

DDawg

January 31st, 2012
9:46 pm

Great column there MC … and LOL to all those Auburn fans sticking out their chest! He’s a Dawg. I TRIED to tell everyone

BigDaddyDawg

January 31st, 2012
9:46 pm

He will be a Dawg by 9AM!

OkieDawg

January 31st, 2012
9:48 pm

Go to bed Michael…you’re giddy. Get some rest, tomorow is a long day my man.

Not Surprised

January 31st, 2012
9:50 pm

I think someone’s friends wanted to have some fun of their own with the recruiting circus.

J15

January 31st, 2012
9:50 pm

Great read…

patrick

January 31st, 2012
9:52 pm

he signed with auburn tonight. i read it somewhere. i wrote it down and then read it.

Goldenrod

January 31st, 2012
9:53 pm

I have heard from good inside sources that JaQuay may switch to Georgia Tech, he would be a great fit in Coach Paul Johnson’s Perfect Option Offense.

THWG, We Really Do Run This State!

Raleigh

January 31st, 2012
9:56 pm

We need o-lineman!

patrick

January 31st, 2012
9:56 pm

paul johnson just committed to the dawgs. great night.

patrick

January 31st, 2012
9:57 pm

i parked at the taco mac one night to pick up a recruit.

ChizikCheats

January 31st, 2012
9:58 pm

Paul Johnson will be a real fish fryer of a chop blocker!

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
10:01 pm

Goldenrod, Don’t embarrass the Georgia Tech fan base by posting such a foolish statement. Travin Henry will be sufficient for Tech, he seems like one of those receivers who turns out to be better than expected. As for Jaquay Williams it is an Auburn UGA battle and I think Auburn has an 85% chance of signing him tomorrow morning.

Ginger

January 31st, 2012
10:03 pm

Great story Michael…sorry it was a rough day..JaQuay–my advice if you are not sure–don’t sign with anyone on Weds…take your time and be sure…..Go to the school that will prepare you as a good football player, but also for a good education-major and for life as well. You need to be where you will be taught many things—football just being one of them. It will be wonderful to develop into a great football player and have an NFL career—but there will be things in life that happen that require you to have good judgment, good decision making ability, good critical thinking skills, good skills at handling tough situations—-Go where you can play football, get a good education and learn skills that will help you with life. Sometimes money does not cure everything in life and we have to rely on our ability to process things and help from God.

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
10:04 pm

Just heard from an inside source at Auburn that Jaquay has signed with UGA. Anyone heard something different from a credible source?

Ramblin

January 31st, 2012
10:04 pm

MC, your homerism is really shining through this recruiting season. Chasing recruits around for UGA is pathetic.

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
10:08 pm

Ramblin, That was pretty funny lol

collegeballfan

January 31st, 2012
10:11 pm

No one can sign until after midnight!

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
10:15 pm

Great story Michael….I guess we will all know later on if did that interview with the “Birmingham News” !!! My personal guess all along has been that JaQuay will be a dawg.

ryan

January 31st, 2012
10:15 pm

I was just reading the 247 site and it said that JaQuay Williams has decommitted from Auburn will sign with UGA don’t know if this is true or not typical Tech fans are just jealous .

FL Jacket

January 31st, 2012
10:17 pm

Is this a flattering piece or am I missing the joke?

Text you my address…here’s my uncle’s number…wait at the Taco Mac until further instruction…sounds like a recipe for a face-to-face with Chris Hansen!

Bad Dawg

January 31st, 2012
10:19 pm

ryan, It is most likely a rumor, my Auburn friend just told me that it is most likely someone trying to deceive the UGA fan base but the Auburn’s are worried about JaQuay. We will know soon enough.

Rick James

January 31st, 2012
10:21 pm

Thanks for going the extra mile Micheal..Interesting stuff.

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
10:22 pm

Come on dawg fans, if he SIGNS with UGA, he SIGNS! If not, OK!

ryan

January 31st, 2012
10:22 pm

I agree nothing has been comfirmed .

devildawg

January 31st, 2012
10:23 pm

He literally cannot sign anywhere until tomorrow… so whatever y’all “heard” can’t possibly be true

Dap01

January 31st, 2012
10:24 pm

JD

January 31st, 2012
10:25 pm

Sounds like Jaquay is an idiot playing games with MC. This is what all this cr*p is about. Half of these guys will never be heard from again, either because they won’t be that good at the next level, they’ll get hurt, flunk out, or get arrested. But that’s just the recruiting game.

Coach Sebastian Moore

January 31st, 2012
10:26 pm

MC I know you and the rest of the media are just doing your jobs, and you do a great job BTW, but I can’t stand the way recruiting has become.
Why is this child making you run around town like this?
Recruiting has become its own monster and coaches wonder why kids like Michael Dyer and Isiah Crowell get to campus expecting the world.
SMH…

Skydawg

January 31st, 2012
10:28 pm

Who is going to throw JaQuay the ball at Auburn? What running game will surround him on offense at Auburn. He picks UGA because of Aaron Murray, Isaiah Crowell, Malcolm Mitchell, Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley, Michael Bennett and T. King. With Christian LeMay and Hutson Mason waiting in the wings at QB. Now if Malzahn were still at Auburn, I think he would have stayed committed. But I think he and his family know where he NEEDS to be.

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
10:28 pm

Hey Michael…..The “Mysterious Visitor” this past weekend au UGA…..Ronald Darby! He is good friends with Marshall & Gurley, who have been recruiting him Hard!…Just thought I would let you know.

mark

January 31st, 2012
10:30 pm

Goldenrod – time for your bath, then your binky. night night

Jeremyoo7

January 31st, 2012
10:31 pm

My guess he sticks with auburn. He seems to like playing games.

ryan

January 31st, 2012
10:31 pm

It should fun day and interesting day tomorrow could be huge surprises can’t wait go dawgs .

ryan

January 31st, 2012
10:34 pm

I think we get Patterson more likely the rumor i have been hearing all day is Tomlinson the word is he wants to play in the SEC but not with Bama choices are UGA and GT we shall see .

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
10:34 pm

Ginger….Nice Comment!

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
10:36 pm

You can ask Michael……..I’ve been saying since last week that Dalvin Tomlinson is going to UGA…..Silent Commit!

RedandBlackDawg

January 31st, 2012
10:37 pm

Ok kid,

Your 15 minutes of fame are over now. Quit jerking around adults and grow up. If UGA gets him to sign, so be it. If not, UGA will do OK without him. We have a good corp. of receivers right now at UGA.
This kid has over stepped his boundaries, pulling a stunt like that, and he would seem pretty immature for me. Not sure he is such a great get, when you consider how full of himself he is.

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
10:38 pm

Michael……I was SERIOUS about Ronald Darby being the Mystery Man this past weekend at UGA!

Wally My Butts

January 31st, 2012
10:45 pm

Either he’s having some good fun watching middle aged men chase 17-18 year olds around and hang on their every word or this guy is serious drama queen. I tend to be on the “he has a serious sense of humor” side. LOL

ryan

January 31st, 2012
10:45 pm

Having Davlin is going to be awesome he is good kid we are going have some beef on defence with Taylor and Atkins add Jenkins and JHC that would be one hell of a defense i hope it happens GO DAWGS !

patrick

January 31st, 2012
10:46 pm

the mystery man at UGA this past weekend was jerry glanville. signed on to be special teams coach and associate head coach. you read it here first.

Vampire Bill

January 31st, 2012
10:46 pm

Tomorrow will tell all

ryan

January 31st, 2012
10:47 pm

I think Darby is heading to FSU Jordan Moore committed to TCU tonight .

Richard Bachman

January 31st, 2012
10:49 pm

Can’t wait until we sign our new crop of Mars Hill/Presbyterian-caliber players to run Coach Johnson’s Triple DERP Option offense! Go Tech!

Johnny Too Good

January 31st, 2012
10:50 pm

seems like the kid and his friends were playin a nice lil joke on ya. wherever he goes i really hope he’s as good as advertised.

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
10:52 pm

Do any of you guys know how to post Facebook to Videos?

ryan

January 31st, 2012
10:52 pm

I still some red flags with JW after some of the tweets he made i would be happy C. Patterson anyway .

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
10:56 pm

ryan….darby is gonna be a dawg!!