It didn't take long for wide receiver JaQuay Williams to earn a starting spot at Franklin (Ga.) Heard County. In fact, he essentially became one "the day he walked in the door," coach Tim Barron said.
Now a junior, Williams is among the Peach State's top 2012 prospects.
In recent weeks, programs such as Michigan and Ohio State have offered, joining the likes of Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina, Southern Miss and Tennessee. Additionally, he is hearing from Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
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"Alabama and Florida [might be next to offer]," Williams predicted. "They tell me, like a lot of schools, that they're going to come to my school and see what I do in the spring, then offer me."
At Heard County, Williams also plays cornerback and outside linebacker. But make no mistake, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder will be catching passes in college.
"His future is at wide receiver," Barron said. "But he does have the frame where he could eventually evolve into the hybrid guy that could play tight end some. If he takes care of business, he should come in [this fall] at 215 to 220 pounds. He's such a strong kid, with all his length and leverage. … he's so much more explosive then the average kid. [As a freshman] he was weak in the core. But he worked hard on that and that helped him running and with breaking his routes. His body control has gotten a lot better."
As far as his recruitment goes, Williams said he hasn't started to trim the list of contenders. Williams has been to junior days at Alabama and Georgia. He plans to visit Tennessee on March 26, then check out Ohio State the following week.
"I don't have a top five," he said. "I'm open to everyone. I'll hopefully narrow it down before football season."
That said, Williams was particularly excited when Ohio State offered two weeks ago.
"I've liked them since I was a little kid," Williams said.
Admittedly, Williams has some work to do in the class, and right now that is his primary focus.
"I'm real motivated," he said. "At first, I thought I could get by with C's. Now, I know you have to get A's and B's. I had to get motivated and step it up."