JaQuay Williams, the state’s No. 1 prospect at WR last year, will take official visits to UGA and Texas A&M over the next two weekends.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Sandy Creek High School signed with Auburn last February but fell just short of NCAA requirements. Williams is spending this fall at Virginia’s Fork Union prep school and is planning on enrolling at a four-year college in January.
Williams is still officially listed as an Auburn commitment, but – like many other recruits pledged to Tigers – still looking at other colleges due to speculation over Gene Chizik’s future at the SEC school. Auburn is 2-8, and the school president issued a statement that the football program will be evaluated after the season.
Williams will fly to Texas A&M this weekend and then take an official visit to UGA for Georgia Tech game. Williams and his family have also been in contact with Oklahoma State and Florida, among other schools, but haven’t set up any more trips.
“We’re in the process of doing that right now; we’re taking things week by week,” said Kevin Ofchus, who is both JaQuay’s uncle and legal guardian.
What about UGA? The Bulldogs made a serious run at Williams last year after extending a late scholarship offer. Williams took an official visit to UGA last January and heavily considered switching to the Bulldogs over the final days before deciding to stick with Auburn.
There are a couple of more things in UGA’s favor this time around: UGA has an established quarterback in Aaron Murray who is expected to return next season, and the Bulldogs have a commitment from one of JaQuay’s closest friends (Sandy Creek DB Shaq Wiggins).
“Obviously, Georgia is a solid program with a good history,” Ofchus said. “They’ve got a good offense, and another good thing is that they’ve got a strong running game. That always helps because it takes pressure off (the passing game). They do a lot of good things over at Georgia, and they’ve got a good staff.”
There’s also the possibility that Williams could sign with Auburn again.
“Auburn is still in it; Don’t count them out,” Ofchus said. “There’s so much in the air right now that no one really knows what is going on over there. Right now, it’s a very iffy situation; there’s no decisiveness. No one is coming in and saying ‘Yeah, this staff is going to be here next year.’ It’s not like JaQuay will get a second chance to do this. That’s why he has to consider his options.
“If Auburn University comes out and says ‘We’re definitely standing behind this staff, and the staff is going to be here’ … then that’s different. But they haven’t said that. They’ve said that they’re going to reassess at the end of the season.
“JaQuay, just like (other Auburn commitments), has got to make the best decision for himself. He’s got to weigh out all the facts and circumstances. You can only go by what you know. All we know, at this point, is that there’s going to be an assessment by the university.
When asked if JaQuay was still officially committed to Auburn, his uncle replied, “Here is how I would characterize this: I would say that he is looking at this situation just like the university is looking at it. They’re assessing it. The school president and others down there, they are assessing the football program. JaQuay is doing the same exact thing. The big difference is, they can make a change at anytime. But once JaQuay makes his decision (and enrolls in January), he can’t make a change. When he goes to wherever he goes, he’s going ‘all in.’ He just wants to have as much information as possible before he goes ‘all in.’”
Williams is ranked as a 4-star and the nation’s No. 3 prospect out of prep schools – regardless of position — by 247sports.com. He is projected to impact player next season as a college freshman.
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