2013 WR Taj Williams (6’3, 172, 4.6/40) of Tallahassee Lincoln has a verbal offer from the University of Miami. “I have over 20 offers. Florida, Georgia, South Florida, Florida St., and Miami are among them,” he said.
He talked about his recent contact with the University of Miami. “I heard from UM last week. The coaches tell me to stay humble, stay in the weight room, and that they’ll see me sometime this spring.”
Tallahassee Lincoln’s star athlete said he plans to visit an Al Golden camp this summer. “I’m going to some college camps this year. I’ll hit Florida, Georgia, and I’ll make it down to UM’s camp.”
Williams doesn’t claim an official Top 5, but says of Miami “the Hurricanes are in there.”
He discussed with CaneInsider what he’s seeking in a college program. “Location, it’s not real important. I’m not afraid to leave the state to play football,” Williams said. “My grades are good and I want to major in computer technology.”
He wants to feel comfortable with the coaching staff he chooses to play for. “I’m looking for that bond.”
Williams says that he wants to have his decision in place very soon. “I want to have my mind made up towards the end of spring. I want to get my decision out of the way so I can focus on my senior year.”
He’s discussed graduating early with his high school guidance counselor. “We’ve talked about it, but I’m not planning on it.”
Williams played basketball last season and currently is participating on the track team. “I averaged 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists as a small forward,” he noted. “I’m running track right now. I long jump and run the 4x100.”
He says his mom is behind his choice 100%. “My mom told me wherever I feel comfortable, just go. She’s behind me no matter where I decide to go.”
Head Coach Yusuf Shakir of Tallahassee Lincoln described Williams as a dynamic, two-way player. “He’s very athletic, tall and rangy. He plays WR and CB for us, returns kicks. Reminds me physically of Fred Rouse, but has a different personality. He can run. It doesn’t look like he’s running fast, but he’s very fast, a long strider.
“Off the field, Williams is a quiet kid, doesn’t talk much. He’s real laid back, does what he’s supposed to do.”
Coach Shakir feels that his star player can make an impact as a college freshman. “A program has to decide where they want him to play. He’s a mismatch for any corner because he’s so tall and lean,” Shakir said. “He can come right in and make a positive impact.”