North Carolina recruiting: New Tar Heels commit Javonte Williams realizing ‘dream come true’
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It’s every coach’s dream. They meet with a recruit, extend an offer and, on the spot, the recruit commits. That means no extra work, no long road trips and no competing against other schools, just an instant connection.
Of course, that almost never happens. But for Larry Fedora on Sunday, that was his reality when he met with 2-star running back/safety Javonte Williams. Fresh off a high school state championship with Wallace-Rose Hill, a game fittingly played in Kenan Stadium on Saturday, Williams received and accepted an offer from the Tar Heels, according to multiple media reports, including Ariel Epstein of WCTI, becoming the 16th member of the Class of 2018.
“It’s very relieving being that I received the offer so late in my season,” Williams told Rivals. “I’m just ready to start the next chapter of my life and career, and also to continue pursuing my dream of being a successful young man.”
While some North Carolina fans may roll their eyes at a 2-star prospect joining the class, Williams’ potential should make them think twice.
While he is rated as a 2-star prospect, that’s more about being under-scouted than it is about being less talented. According to Rivals’ Andrew Jones, Williams focused on playing linebacker his first three years of high school, which led him to be under-recruited. According to Jones, Williams also brings 4.5 speed and a 4.0 GPA.
North Carolina is focusing on Williams as a running back, where he amassed just under 2,300 yards on fewer than 160 carries, good enough for an average yards per carry of more than 13. Williams put on a clinic in the state championship in Kenan, too, with 207 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 22 carries, earning him his fourth consecutive state championship MVP award.
On Sunday, he got a chance to see the rest of the facilities in Chapel Hill.
“I loved the facility and I’m very excited for the new indoor facility,” Williams told Rivals. “Felt great to play in Kenan and also win in Kenan for the second time.”
While Williams wasn’t widely recruited, it only takes one school for a recruit to show everyone why stars and rankings don’t always matter. Luckily for Williams, that one offer just happened to be a pretty impressive one.
“It’s a really good program that I always grew up wanting to be a part of,” Williams told Rivals. “And this is just a dream come true.”
Williams joins 3-star Wake Forest High School running back Devon Lawrence in the Class of 2018. Combined, the two players put up nearly 4,000 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns in their senior seasons alone.
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