When future South Carolina quarterback Dakereon Joyner was passing for all those yards at Fort Dorchester, one of his favorite targets was Shrine Bowl wide receiver Justin Williams. Joyner has already enrolled at USC and it's possible Williams could join him down the road.
The only thing holding Williams back from being a major college recruit, according to his coach Steve LaPrad, is his grades. But the plan is for Williams to go and get those improved so he can play at the top level, with USC and Virginia Tech the two major programs involved.
LaPrad said Williams first has to decide on his next course of action, going to a junior college, a prep school or getting his GED in March.
"He's just got to make a decision over the next day or so what he's going to try and do," LaPrad said. "He's going to be a junior college or a prep guy. There's nothing else he can do."
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LaPrad said depending on what Williams decides to do, the hope is that he can go to junior college or prep school, get his grades in order and only lose one year of eligibility. And he said if all works out, Williams' preference would be to eventually join the Gamecocks.
"That's where he wants to go," he said. "He just knows all them. He's been wanting to go to South Carolina the whole time. Everybody was interested, his grades just weren't good enough. Clemson was in the other day and said he probably was the best athlete in South Carolina."
LaPrad said USC recruiter Pat Washington remains in regular contact and the Gamecocks definitely want Williams once he's able to enroll. Last season Williams caught 47 passes for 866 yards and 14 touchdowns.
As for his signees on Wednesday, LaPrad said he will have offensie lineman Avery Snipes sign with SC State, wide receiver Raquan Simmons with Wingate and offensive lineman Wakeel Rivers with Limestone.
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