Elite Athlete Juwaan Williams Trims List To Four

By Rick Stavig
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

In the end, it’ll be a battle between the old school and the new school.

No, I’m not talking about the National Championship Game, which pits old school against old school.

I’m talking about the recruitment of Juwaan Williams, who is one of the top remaining athletes available in College Football Recruiting 2013.

Williams, from Tucker High School in Tucker, Georgia, has narrowed his list of 19 schools down to 4.  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Oregon Ducks, Florida State Seminoles and Vanderbilt Commodores are the lucky schools still in the mix for the talented prospect.  The Irish and Oregon have a little bit of an edge over FSU and Vandy, Williams has indicated.

Williams has played mostly quarterback in high school, but will likely be changing positions in college.  FSU and Vandy are interested in him playing receiver, while Notre Dame and Oregon think he could play either receiver or cornerback.  If you can’t tell, the 6’1” 180lb Williams is a superb athlete.

Williams has already visited South Bend (IN) and Eugene (OR), and has scheduled a January visit to Nashville to see Vandy.  He’s indicated he wants to visit FSU before he makes his final decision.

When can we expect an answer?  January 28th, a little more than a week before National Signing Day.

It’s interesting that it could come down to Notre Dame and Oregon.  Both programs are essentially the faces of the old school and the new.

Notre Dame just oozes history and tradition. 11 National Championships.  7 Heisman Trophy winners.  50 members of the College Football Hall of Fame.  Touchdown Jesus.  Knute Rockne.  The Four Horsemen.

You get the picture.

Then you have the new age, high flying Oregon Ducks, with their ultra modern facilities as well as their hundreds of different uniforms.  Their coach with the cutting-edge offense.  Everything about Oregon is sleek, fast, modern, shiny, and, in a word, new.

So tt’s going to be an interesting battle for Williams services.  A battle of old versus new.  But time is limited, and January 28th will come fast.  Until then, as always, all we can do is continue playing the waiting game.

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