Juwaan Williams: Notre Dame will get first official visit from Tucker QB

One of Georgia’s top “athlete” prospects will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

WR-DB Juwaan Williams will visit Notre Dame this weekend (AJC)

WR-DB Juwaan Williams will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend (AJC)

It will be the first of five official visits for Juwaan Williams, who was the quarterback for Tucker High School’s state championship team last season. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is being recruited by most schools at WR.

“I’m anxious; this will be the first official visit of my life,” Williams told the AJC. “I’m anxious to see what’s out there, and what Notre Dame has to offer.”

What does Williams like about Notre Dame’s football team? “Mostly, the type of offense they run. From watching the first few games, you can tell they pass the ball a lot. And they can score in bunches.

“I can see myself fitting in as another weapon the quarterback can use. I can go in motion or do some quick outs. They can get me something quick to get my hands on and get up the field.”

It will be a long travel weekend for Williams, who has a game for Tucker on Friday night. Williams will fly out of Atlanta at 5 a.m. Saturday for Notre Dame, and return on Sunday evening.

Is Juwaan considering committing to Notre Dame during his visit if he likes it enough? “No, right now, I’m just going to see what they have to offer. I will try to fight off the temptation to commit early.”

What’s next for Williams? He will take an official visit to Oregon on Oct. 7, and to Clemson on Oct. 20. He is in the process of setting up a recruiting trip to Florida State on Nov. 24, and will go to Vanderbilt in January.

Williams had an early offer from Georgia Tech at QB before the spot was filled but prefers to play WR or DB in college. Clemson is the only one of his five leaders recruiting him for defense.

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5 comments Add your comment

Paddy

September 20th, 2012
6:27 am

Dream come true Mr Williams! An offer from the ‘Fighting Irish’ and a degree from Notre Dame. Grab the brass ring young man and you may set youself up for life if you work very, very hard the next 4 years! Good luck.

Jacket Man

September 20th, 2012
9:48 am

It’s “interesting” Tucker players have “shied” away from GA Tech for years…even if they were well suited to play in the particular offense, or defense, the Jackets might be putting on the field when the player was signing, and the player was eligible academically. You would think “statistically” speaking, with the number of players they’re sending into major college football, at least ONE would have joined GA Tech’s football program, as they play so close to home, so their family could watch them play, and they could get a great education, in an area they might want to specialize in, like engineering, or computer science.

But, no, not ONE Tucker player has opted to join the Jackets…this begs the question. Perhaps someone on campus is steering the players away fom signing with GA Tech, and if so, why? Are they afraid they can’t make it academically? Is there someone who just has a bias against GA Tech? I know for a FACT the players are getting offered, so it’s not happening on GA Tech’s side. I’d really like to know why, after all these years, no Tucker player, is really giving the Jackets the time of day.

Dboy Jones

September 20th, 2012
10:27 am

@jacketman,
The majority of the players that come through Tucker are following in a long line of big time prospects. Tucker is majority Bulldog Nation. Check the history of players that have went to Georgia or Georgia was in there final 5. If it is not UGA then it will be out of state they go! Go Dawgs…Yes this was instilled in the players dating back to the mid to late 90’s to not go to GT by a particular guy that is still around the community and has a strong influence.

Historian

September 20th, 2012
10:32 am

I think the last Tucker player to sign with Tech was Kyle Frederick, an OT back in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Is someone steering Tucker players away from Tech? – I don’t think so. I think it’s more a matter of personal choices, including the opportunity to play at Georgia, or in the SEC. And some kids want to see the world a bit and opt for other schools outside the Southeast. I do know there have been some Tucker players over the years that have wanted to play for Tech, and could have qualified academically, but weren’t recruited for one reason or another. That works both ways, the fit has to be right for both parties.

I don’t think academic acceptance has played a large role here. Has there been players who were good enough athletically, but perhaps wouldn’t have been accepted academically? Absolutely. But Tucker players over the last 10 plus years have also been accepted and entered places like Notre Dame, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Army, Navy, Auburn, Harvard, Georgetown, etc., to name a few.

So at the end of the day, I don’t believe there is any grand conspiracy to keep Tucker kids away from Tech. Remember, former Tucker coach (2007-2011) Franklin Stephens played for Paul Johnson and Mike Sewak at Georgia Southern, and from everything I’ve heard he is on solid terms with both men. More than anything else, I just believe it’s coincidental due to the circumstances I referred to above.

Laser

September 20th, 2012
10:58 am

My experience has been that Ga Tech has not had a constant and continuous presence at Tucker. Whether this has been based on different assistants having Tucker within their specific area or otherwise, they just don’t seem to show up like the other schools. I great example is Vanderbilt: They have been a constant presence at Tucker for the past 3 years. I can assure you no Tucker coaches have any bias towards Tech or any other school. Coach Lamar is a fin eyoung coach who is all about the academics and the opportunity for his kids to go to college, wherever it may be.