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Coach talks latest on QB Williams

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Rumors have been piling up that Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek quarterback Marquise Williams may have reaffirmed his pledge to North Carolina. Rivals caught up with his coach for the latest on the star quarterback.
"He went up to North Carolina this past weekend and everything I know right now is that he's going to North Carolina," Mallard Creek head coach Michael Palmieri said. "We haven't really talked about it though.
"I know he's been on a few other visits and he's planning to go to NC State coming up. I think there is another official coming, but I'm not sure 100% which school it is."
On the field, Williams is having one of the best seasons for any player across the country.
"I think it's awesome for him, all the hard work is paying off this season," he said. "The last three years he had to sacrifice himself for the team. This year we've got good talent around him. He's a guy doing that for the program and the biggest improvement is that he's a year stronger and a year older."
Palmieri went further on his stud quarterback.
"He's a great leader on and off the field," he said. "He's just having a phenomenal season for us and right now does everything, throwing it and in the running game."
Williams isn't the only prospect receiving quite a bit of interest.
"Kevin Asante is just starting to get interest," he said. "He's a senior, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound with over 1,000-yards receiving and 12 or 13 touchdowns.
"West Virginia and North Carolina are just starting to hear about him. He's a big-time explosive guy with speed.
"Devin Flowers has a few offers from Western Carolina and a couple others. Appalachian State is looking at him."
Outside of jumbo offensive lineman D.J. Humphries for 2012, Mallard Creek has a couple other prospects to watch.
"Wide receiver Jamal Harbinson is a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder. He and running back Jela Duncan are having great seasons. Harbinson has 11 touchdowns so far. He's a slot receiver for us.
"Duncan is a real workhorse, a hard, physical runner that does everything for us. He's a 1,000-yard rusher."
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