2016 Southwest Edgecombe (Pinetops, N.C.) running back Marcus Williams continues to stand out. As his recruitment heats up and he prepares for his junior campaign, he’s had a busy summer that includes plans for a camp at East Carolina.
Williams commanded plenty attention from after an amazing sophomore season. He had 75 carries for 781 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also utilized some as a wide receiver as he pulled in 11 balls for 260 yards and another pair of scores. Since then, ECU has been one of many schools in North and South Carolina to keep an eye on him.
”ECU and UNC are the only camps I’m probably going to go to,” said the 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back. “I’m going to focus on my football. My team and I are going to keep working.”
The goals are the same for both camps—to turn heads. Williams has already talked with coaches from both the Pirates and Tar Heels and aims to impress them, especially with his speed. He hopes that these camps will hope build recruiting interest from both programs.
In fact, Williams is just coming from a July 19 camp at Wake Forest in which he had the fastest 40-yard dash time.
“I had a chance to go to Wake Forest’s camp,” said Williams. “I got to see the campus and the field. I’d say they really liked me. The offensive coordinator (Steed Lobotzke) seemed interested and they really liked my speed. My 40 time was a 4.44, so that turned heads.”
The two sides haven’t talked much since Williams was visited by some of ECU’s coaching staff, but he still feels good about the relationship between him and the Pirates.
“It’s been great,” said Williams. “I haven’t talked to them since they came and visited me, but we’ll call and that sort of thing. It’s good.”
Clemson, North Carolina State, Duke and UNC Charlotte are among other programs that have shown interest in Williams. On top of his speed, teams have seen potential in him as a slot receiver and kick returner.
With his junior season just around the corner, Williams is expecting to step into a bigger role—much like he did as a sophomore. With plenty of seniors having graduated, he’ll likely get more touches both carrying and catching the ball.
After standing out so much this summer, Williams has the chance to build on his performance last year and attract even more attention come fall. Inside ECU Sports will continue to follow his recruitment.