October 27, 2008

Four-star OL impressed by UNC

Versatile two-way lineman Brennan Williams has taken his time with the recruiting process thus far but he has now narrowed his list to four schools.

Over the weekend the entire Williams family made the trek to Chapel Hill to take in North Carolina's game against Boston College. It was an official visit for Brennan, currently rated the No. 7 offensive guard in the nation, and according to his father he came away impressed. He stayed busy the entire time and now has a great idea of what the Heels have to offer.

"The whole family went down there this weekend," said Brent Williams, Brennan's father. "We had a chance to do and see just about everything. We were there Friday, Saturday and we came back Sunday.

"They did a great job of showing us as much as they could in a 48-hour period. It was pretty packed but everything we did was meaningful. They showed us what's important to the parents and what's important to the kids.

"We started out with a meeting with Coach (Butch) Davis. We sat down with him and heard his vision for the football program. That was kind of an overview.

"From there we went right to an academic presentation at the school of journalism, which was outstanding. Brennan is interested in mass media and communications, so they gave the highlights of their program. It was very helpful for him to see the academic side of it.

"From there we toured the football facilities and had a chance to meet with offensive line coach (Sam) Pittman. After that they allowed Brennan to attend their Friday night meetings. He got a feel for what they talk about the day before the game and the things they emphasize.

"Then the rest of the family spent time at the Dean Smith Center and watched Late Night with Roy. It was great to see how intense it is and the great support their fans show."

As difficult as it is to believe, all of that took place on Friday. Williams' host for the evening was Mike Dykes, a freshman offensive lineman from Pittsburgh.

"The next day we had breakfast with a man involved in the recruiting department. From there we went right over to the stadium and saw the pregame stuff. Just before that we had a chance to meet with the academic support staff for the football program. We saw both sides of the academics, in terms of how they relate to the school and the support system that's around the players.

"We watched the game and from there we went to dinner. I think Brennan went out with (freshman) offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper and he had a great time with him. We got up the next morning and met with Coach Davis and the strength and conditioning coach (Jeff Connors). After that we just head out. The schedule was jam packed but it was a great visit and I think he really enjoyed it."

The 6-foot-6, 272-pound four-star lineman had taken an official visit to Virginia the previous week. How did the two schools compare?

"They're both great schools and they both have a lot of the things we're looking for from an academic standpoint as well as from a football standpoint," Williams' father continued.

"There are a lot of similarities. Probably the reason those two have caught his attention so much is the coaching staffs are very good. They've kind of outlined their plans for him and they're totally different.

"Virginia is recruiting him as a defensive lineman whereas North Carolina is recruiting him primarily as an offensive tackle. We've been upfront with all the schools recruiting Brennan in telling them that he's not going to make a decision based on what position they bring him in at because that can change."

Williams is taking an official visit to Boston College this weekend for the Eagles' home game against Clemson. BC was bumped from the top 25 after their loss to the Tar Heels and will be looking to re-enter the rankings with a win over the Tigers.

After that Williams will take an official visit to Wake Forest on November 21. The Deacons will play host to Boston College that weekend.

"After this visit (to UNC) Brennan decided that he didn't want to move forward with the Michigan visit. He's taken that school off his list and is pretty much going to concentrate on these four programs. These are just the schools he's been most impressed by so far."

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