Juwaan Williams: State championship QB makes return trip to Georgia Tech

Juwaan Williams, the quarterback from Tucker High School’s state championship team, will return to visit the only college which has offered him a football scholarship at QB.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder will attend Georgia Tech’s spring game at 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Georgia Tech QB target Juwaan Williams led Tucker to the 2011 Class AAAA state championship (AJC)

Georgia Tech QB target Juwaan Williams led Tucker to the 2011 Class AAAA state championship. He visited Florida State last weekend (AJC)

It will be his first visit with the Yellow Jackets since he was offered in person by coach Paul Johnson in early February. Williams’ only other recruiting trip this spring was last week’s visit to Florida State, which is one of his 18 early offers, along with South Carolina and Kentucky.

“Georgia Tech and Vandy are my leaders; I really don’t have a number one,” Williams told the AJC on Wednesday night.

What about the opportunity to play QB in college? Will that affect Juwaan’s decision? Last year was his first year playing the position.

“It goes into my decision, but not so much,” Williams said. “Georgia Tech told me if I come in as a freshman and can’t [get playing time] at quarterback, that I can play something else to help the team out.

“So playing quarterback isn’t really going to decide what college I want to go to because only one college is recruiting me at quarterback. That wouldn’t be fair to the other schools that aren’t recruiting me at quarterback.”

Truth be told, Williams says he probably prefers to play wide receiver over quarterback in college.

“There are a lot of similarities between my offense at Tucker and the one at Georgia Tech, but I really don’t know how exactly I would fit into Georgia Tech’s system if I played quarterback there. It may take three years to learn everything they’re doing.

“At wide receiver, you’ve only got two or three things to do … I don’t know what Georgia Tech’s system is, but in my system at Tucker, the wide receivers are ‘skilled linemen.’ They block for the run and they really don’t see the ball a lot. I fine with that because I love to block. It’s a great feeling to spring a teammate for a touchdown, or cracking a linebacker for your fullback.

“Wide receiver just feels more comfortable to me.”

What is the attraction to Georgia Tech for Williams? “It would give me the opportunity to stay close to home. I could live off campus, and make it to and from home if I want. It would give me a sense of being right in my backyard. All my friends and family could come see me play every day at practice and at the games. I won’t get homesick. It would help me grow as a man because I already have a solid foundation in place [with family support] at Tucker, and I’d still be close to them.”

Williams, who has a 3.5 GPA, said he plans to make his college decision after taking five official visits this fall.

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44 comments Add your comment

Tech Fan

April 19th, 2012
4:07 am

Smart young man — realistic and shows good judgment. Let’s hope he lands on The Flats. Go Tech!

Sarge1

April 19th, 2012
6:01 am

Michael: Why don’t you change the name of your blog to the UGA Recruiting Blog since 90% of stories are about UGA unless Ga. Tech LOSES a recruit. That would be more honest for the Athens Journal and Constitution UGA homers. THWG

FL Jacket

April 19th, 2012
6:50 am

Happy to see Juwaan interested in GT. it sounds like he’s embraced the idea of playing WR in college more so than before. Plus, he went from wanting to make his decision before his Senior season to now wanting to take 5 OVs in the fall. Hope he enjoys the game Friday and makes GT his leader.

Paddy

April 19th, 2012
7:03 am

Sarge1…..the 90% of stories you mention may have something to do with the interest in the programs.

Ramblin Man

April 19th, 2012
7:27 am

The kid seems to have his head on straight. Good luck to him in his senior season. Anybody that has Vandy and GT as their leaders is thinking ahead in life.

Johnny Too Good

April 19th, 2012
7:44 am

lol he said receivers at GTech are “skilled lineman”, I’ve never heard anyone say that before, but its somewhat true. Inspite of that comparison he speaks favorably of playing there

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Rut-Roh

April 19th, 2012
7:55 am

What’s Johnathon McCrary going to do now that Vandy actually is recruiting another QB? He said he wanted to go to a school that recruits only him. Someone grab some popcorn because this could get interesting.

Jacket Backer

April 19th, 2012
8:01 am

Enter your comments here

thebull35

April 19th, 2012
8:03 am

He said that TUCKER’S receiver’s are skilled lineman, not Tech’s

Jacket Backer

April 19th, 2012
8:03 am

Also heard them called stand up guards! Looking forward to Friday night! Go Jackets!!

Moobs Johnson

April 19th, 2012
8:04 am

Can’t wait to get this young man on campus. I’m sure he will make the difference that puts over the top in the ACC. Any word if Elon or Middle Tennessee St is interested in him?

Tampa Wreck

April 19th, 2012
8:09 am

Johnny, Read the blog more carefully. He said, “in my system at Tucker, the wide receivers are ‘skilled linemen.” That said, I think the same could be said for the GT wide receivers in that in addition to catching passes, they are integral to the running game, and expected to be good blockers.

While you can make a legitiimate point that GT receivers may not be as skilled in running routes as receivers from offenses that throw the ball more, I think the success of Thomas and now Stephen Hill in being drafted high in the NFL draft is petty good evidence that the NFL values receivers that have demonstrated they aren’t afraid to get their uniforms dirty laying down a block on a safety or linebacker. Of course, their good size and speed didn’t hurt either.

FL Jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:17 am

Tampa Wreck…

BeyBey Thomas, Kevin Cone, and soon Stephen Hill in the NFL. And of course, the highest paid player currently in the NFL…former Jacket Calvin Johnson. Not a bad lineage to follow.

rduck

April 19th, 2012
8:27 am

Best of luck your senior year Juwaan and good luck choosing the school for your future. We would love to have you on the Flats. Great football tradition and an education second to none. And it has been proven that we do put WR’s in the NFL. So I hope you have a great time Friday night and decide to make GT your home. Go Jackets!!!

rduck

April 19th, 2012
8:30 am

I am taking my 12 year old niece with me to my first spring game tomorrow night. Hope to pass on my love for GT down to her. Thanks to the GTAA for making the spring game environment tomorrow night a great opportunity for us to introduce a new generation to the GT football family…

Fly

April 19th, 2012
8:41 am

I don’t think I can recall ANY high school skill position player who got excited about springing a teammate for a touchdown the way this young man says he does. I certainly hope he picks Tech, because he is a team player.

Tampa Wreck

April 19th, 2012
8:41 am

I loved Calvin Johnson as a player at GT, but he wasn’t a product of CPJ’s system, and I don’t remember him being asked to block that much under coach Gailey.

What I find inetersting is that people talk about how GT receivers under CPJ don’t get that many passes. However, when I look back at Calvin Johnson’s career at GT, I think he may have been the most under utilized “star” of all time. The fact is that while Calvin made some great plays while playing for GT, Galiey never figured out how to really use him to his potential (How many passes did he catch against the dawg??). I don’t put all that on Gailey. I think the biggest problem was that we had a sub 6′ quarterback who really didn’t have much of an arm to get him the ball. But the fact remains, Calvin didn’t really make the impact at GT (in terms of the team and wins) that he could have.

I think the same can be said for Stephen Hill ad Bey Bey to a lesser extent. Both are great athletes and great receivers (Hill still has to demonstrate that he can consistently catch the ball in my mind), but they were hampered at GT by the lack of a QB that could really throw the ball with strength and accuracy. Nesbitt had the arm strength, but his accuracy just wasn’t there, and while Tevin may be a little more accurate (not consistently), he really doesn’t have the arm strength of a big time college QB.

I am still waiting to see what this offense can do when we get a QB that can actually throw the ball consistently. I think it will be flat out amazing. I’m hoping Vad Lee will be the one. Haven’t actually seen him play, so don’t know yet. Regardless, Looking forward to see what he can do in the fall.

JB

April 19th, 2012
8:56 am

Calvin did something really really great. He overcame Reggie Ball.

JM

April 19th, 2012
8:58 am

The NFL absolutely LOVES WRs who know how to block and do it well.

Go Jackets!

April 19th, 2012
9:09 am

This is the kind of local kid we NEED/WANT on the Flats! Get him in here.

1eyedJack

April 19th, 2012
9:17 am

“The NFL absolutely LOVES WRs who know how to block and do it well.”

They can’t all be heroes, ’cause somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud as the heroes go by.

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
9:18 am

Georgia Tech’s Offense prepared Stephen Hill for the NFL….

http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/ga-tech-offense-prepared-1417145.html

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
9:22 am

Paddy

April 19th, 2012
7:03 am
Sarge1…..the 90% of stories you mention may have something to do with the interest in the programs.
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May you have to stand a long time on weak legs.

chuck

April 19th, 2012
9:53 am

Are you kidding Tampa Wreck with this revisionist history? Calvin used to CRUSH cornerbacks, safeties, and even linebackers when blocking.

thebeesknees

April 19th, 2012
10:02 am

I really like the sound of this kid. He sounds like he’ll make a great leader for us. Come on down!!!

George Stein

April 19th, 2012
10:37 am

He seems pretty mature because he’s in no rush to make a decision. I can imagine the pressure he feels from coaches to commit, but he’s resisted that. It tells me he wants as much information as possible before making an important decision, and that’s a good thing.

Hope he picks Tech!

gt45

April 19th, 2012
11:07 am

Sounds like a company man! Come be a Jacket!

Supersize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2012
11:21 am

This kid is a prime example as to why Tech doesn’t get many early commits. He is smart enough to take his time, visit several colleges, and save some of those visits for game weekends in the Fall. He’s smart enough not to fall for the first ho on the street who comes calling.

coachx

April 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

Sounds like a good young man. He would be a solid get for Tech…..this coming from a Dawg fan.

Keep is classy Dawg fans.

Dewnsav

April 19th, 2012
2:14 pm

Supersize, really ??

dawgfan

April 19th, 2012
2:24 pm

Alot of recruits commit early because they want to get all the recruiting hoopla over with and focus on their high school endeavors. That sounds pretty mature to me as well. You don’t have to bash these young men just because those early commits don’t usually go your way Techies. Have a little class.

Tech has to have the most full of crap fan base on earth. I’m convinced of it.

FL Jacket

April 19th, 2012
2:31 pm

“Tech has to have the most full of crap fan base on earth. I’m convinced of it.”

Dwagfan…Our fanbase keep the campus decidedly NOT full of crap…

DawginLex

April 19th, 2012
2:49 pm

Why doesn’t GTBob comment on these blogs?

He only waits and bashes UGA

Although this week, he commented that anyone who attends the Tech Spring Game is a loser.

wondering how that would fare on the Tech blog

Hold on!!!!

April 19th, 2012
2:50 pm

@chuck – his blog is mostly about UGA because they already have 15 commits to Tech’s 1. Not much to report if Tech never has anyone committing. JuWaan is a smart kid and if he commits to Tech, yall are getting a good one. Yall should try out 247 sports new Ga Tech board, its called Swarm…I think. 247 Sports is the best for recruiting news and other news pertaining to football.

AnnapolisDawg

April 19th, 2012
2:56 pm

I’d like to see GT get this kid. I enjoy the rivalry between UGA/GT and it is evident that Tech needs to start bringing in higher rated talent. Best of luck with your decision Juwaan and I hope you decide to play in-state.

Whiskey Breath

April 19th, 2012
3:11 pm

Hey Dogs, do you guys consider Kirby Smart to be a Judas Priest? I just figured you did since
you guys are specialist on who is a Christian and who is not.
Man, he sure has done a good job for us in Ga.

Buzzzed

April 19th, 2012
3:31 pm

Juwaan Williams – future “King of ATL”

Teddy Roosevelt

April 19th, 2012
4:04 pm

Tampa wreck just saying don’t count all your chickens until they’ve hatched. Hill hasn’t been drafted yet, and as much as people can make predictions about the draft nobody knows for certain where they’re going until draft day.

Game Changer

April 19th, 2012
4:36 pm

Hey MC, tell chip towers that at least 3 people in the state would like an article on the GA girls soccer team. Hard to believe ajc pays chip towers in any way.

BLT

April 19th, 2012
4:58 pm

dawgfan, you just can’t leave the “crap” thing alone can you?

Thanks

Blue

April 19th, 2012
5:43 pm

Yeah, Johnny too good; not like GT has ever put out any good wide receivers in the last 4 years or anything, right? Even though he was talking about the receivers at his high school, not at GT. But hey…thanks for playing…

Tampa Wreck

April 19th, 2012
6:16 pm

Teddy, Not my chickens to count. I’m just assuming Hill will be drafted high based on what I have read from combines and mock drafts. I personally wouldn’t rate him a 1st or early 2nd round pick.
Unfortunately, I had the displeasure of watching him drop to many balls the last couple of years. Was just trying to make the point that the ability to block is a selling point to the NFL. And if nothing else, our receivers are required to block!

And chuck, I never said Calvin Johnson couldn’t block. I just said I didn’t remember him being called upon to do so that much in Coach Gailey’s offense. Of course that could be because I’m old and my mind is slipping.

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
7:53 pm

dawgfan is a coprophiliac.

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