Juwaan Williams Talks Ducks

Tucker (GA) athlete Juwaan Williams

Juwaan Williams is taking his time making his choices for college. A versatile athlete that is effective on both sides of the ball, he's helped lead his Tucker (Ga.) High School squad to a 7-2 record heading into this week.

With playoffs coming up, Williams said that his main focus is getting back to the state championship game, which Tucker won in 2011. He said that in the past year he's become more proactive at being a leader for a young team in need of direction.

"Regardless of your age you have to lead by example," he said.

Williams has had his plate full with recruiting, narrowing down a top five list of Oregon, Notre Dame, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Clemson. He's being scouted on both sides of the ball, at wide receiver and safety. Regarding the Ducks, who are recruiting him as a safety, Williams said that he keeps in contact with secondary coach John Neal every Thursday.

Neal notified Williams that Oregon would offer him a scholarship last spring after a visit, an offer that Williams said "made my whole year". Since then they've kept in regular contact, discussing matchups and other football related activities. However, what started as conversations about football soon turned to conversations about life and topics outside of sports.

"We have a great relationship," Williams said of Neal. "It's gotten a lot stronger in the last year."

Williams admitted that he was able to cultivate those relationships at each school he visited, something that will be difficult for him to handle come decision time.

"It makes it more difficult because you don't want to let one of them down," Williams said.

Williams said he wants to study sports medicine or enter a pre-med program at whatever school he chooses. During his visit to Eugene, he said he was paired up with Ducks wide receiver Dwayne Stanford and said he was able to bond over their roots in Cincinnati, Ohio.

With Eugene having a more laid back atmosphere than most college cities, Williams said he enjoyed the change of pace from the major city life.

"It's a quiet little community around the university," Williams said. "It stuck with me. It's different, but fun."

Williams doesn't expect to make a decision until January at the earliest, choosing to focus on the end of the season and school. Despite the distractions that come with college recruitment, he said he's keeping a low profile and being treated as just another student, something he has no problem with.

"I try to always stay grounded," Williams said "I know at any moment it can be taken away."

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