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3-star Williams sets top four, announcement date

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With his senior season over, 3-star Tucker (Ga.) athlete Juwaan Williams has been weighing his options and he's getting ready to make a decision. Williams said Monday that he's down to a final four of Oregon, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Florida State and he'll announce his college decision on Jan. 28.
"That give me time to take my final two official visits," Williams said. "It also gives coaches a chance to do in-home visits before I make my final decision."
Williams has already taken visits to Notre Dame and Oregon and recently scheduled his official to Vanderbilt for Jan. 18. He's still discussing when he will take his official visit to Florida State.
His college decision will not only include selecting a new zip code, but also a new position. Williams has spent most of his high school career playing quarterback, but schools are split about where he fits in at the next level.
"Oregon and Notre Dame it's a toss up between wide receiver and cornerback," said Williams, who passed for 702 yards and rushed for 752 more while scoring 19 touchdowns this season. "It depends on how well I play at either spot. Florida State wants me at wide receiver and so does Vandy. I don't really have a preference right now, it's just about how fast I can get on the field and help the team out."
While he waits to take his final two visits, Williams has been hosting visits from college coaches. Among the visitors to stop by last week were Oregon secondary coach John Neal and Notre Dame special teams coach Scott Booker.
"Coach Neal came by and sat with me and my family and said he'll be back in January with [Oregon head coach] Chip Kelly," Williams said. "Coach Booker came by school and said he'll be back in January with [Notre Dame head coach] Brian Kelly."
One potential wrench in Williams decision-making process with be the status of Oregon's Kelly, who has been connected via rumors to several potential NFL openings.
"He's a great person and me and my mom both really like him," Williams said. "It would be a sad day if he leaves Oregon. The commits and the players they're recruiting would be heartbroken because of how good of a coach and a person he is."
Williams said Oregon and Notre Dame are on a "tier" above Vanderbilt and Florida State right now and that his visits to the schools gave him a chance to see two different sides of the college football world.
"When I was at Notre Dame I saw the tradition and how everything is old school," Williams said. "At Oregon you can see everything that they have to offer, everything is brand new or about to be built and you can see the new innovations coming in."
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