Few high school athletes approach the recruiting process as organized and as thorough as Tucker (Ga.) three-star athlete Juwaan Williams. Since day one, Williams has had a plan and throughout the course of what can be a strenuous and emotionally draining process, Williams has not deviated from that plan. Monday night marked the final step in the decision making process for Williams, and at the end of the day, the choice was clear:
Tucker (Ga.) three-star athlete Juwaan Williams is headed to Oregon.
Juwaan Williams will be an Oregon Duck.
Before an audience of thousands watching live on FOX Sports South, Williams revealed the primary reason behind making Oregon his ultimate choice.
"I would definitely say the staff," said Williams. "With happened with coach (Chip) Kelly, it really interrupted the whole recruiting process for me because he was a real good part of it. He was the reason why I had high hopes for Oregon, but coach (John) Neal and coach (Gary) Campbell, [Don Pellum], and the rest of the staff; they loved me with open arms during my official [visit] and they did it again for the in-home [visit].
"They see me as not just a great player on field, but as a wonderful person off the field and a terrific student in the classroom. I would say that was the deciding factor in my whole decision."
In reflecting back on his recruitment, Williams said it was a landmark day for him personally when he received a scholarship offer from Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal and the Ducks.
"That was a great day and a milestone in a high schooler's career, just to be offered by Oregon," said Williams.
With the ability to also play wide receiver, Williams will likely get his start on the defensive side of the ball for the Ducks, receiving action at either cornerback or safety.