There has been a lot of talk recently about what North Carolina's ACC schools can do to keep the top in-state football recruits from heading out-of-state to play their college ball. For instance, if you watch Georgia play, they have a two-headed monster platooning in their backfield on offensive: Todd Gurly and Keith Marshall - both products of North Carolina. Well, Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels may have found a strategy to put the proverbial wall around NC's border: get to these recruits, early.
Enter running back Antonio Williams - a native of New London, N.C. and only a sophomore in high school (class of 2016) - who, yesterday committed to UNC.
Williams may only be a sophomore, but make no mistake, this kid is a player. Last season, as a freshman, the 5-11, 195 pound tailback posted a monster season for North Stanly High School, running for over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns. Six of those touchdowns came within the first two games of the season.
These types of performances garnered Williams a plethora of attention from all over the country. He received scholarship offers from UNC, N.C. State, Clemson, South Carolina and, yes, Georgia. But that wasn't all--Michigan and Florida State were in the mix, too.
Now, the question will become whether or not Fedora and the Heels can maintain this commitment over the next three years - that's a lot of time. And if Williams continues to progress, don't be surprised to see those same SEC/ACC schools - UGA, USC, Clemson and NCSU - try to lure Williams away from the Heels.
For highlights of the Tar Heels' most recent commit, check here: