2011 Profile: QB Marquise Williams

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Marquise Williams established himself as one of the top playmakers in the state of North Carolina last season, totaling 3,400 yards of offense (2,400 passing and 1,000 rushing) and 40 touchdowns for Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.). The 6-3, 215-pound junior signal caller has ability as a passer and a runner, but something else may set him apart from other prospects.

“I just bring that motor,” he said. “If I’m lazy, my team will be lazy. I try to keep working hard. I keep my work ethic up and I keep competing. I try to stay on top and be a leader for my team. I’m not an arrogant kid. I’m humble. I just try to work hard and stay humble.”

Williams entered this offseason knowing he needed to improve his footwork as a passer. So far, he is pleased with the development.

“I work on my footwork more and more,” Williams said. “I’m happy with my 3-step and 5-step drop downs. I get better and better as I keep working on it. I think I’m pretty good now.”

Williams wants to be the best and he has a deep motivation to do so.

“I want my dad to keep working hard and, one day, I want to have the opportunity to be able to take care of him and my family,” Williams said.

“With the offers I have, it’s great to be in the position I’m in right now.”

Florida, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are included among the offers for Williams, who has taken unofficial visits to Clemson, UNC, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. He attended Tech’s game versus Miami last year and came away highly impressed with the fan support.

“Blacksburg is an incredible town,” Williams said. “I didn’t think it was that close to home, but it is. The fans are incredible. It brings tears to my eyes because the fans are so into football up there in Blacksburg. It was packed against Miami even though it was a downpour. It shows they are dedicated to football there. My dad has talked to Coach Sherman a lot and they’ve had good conversations. I met Mr. Beamer. It was awesome to shake his hand and watch them play.”

Williams, who may get a chance to see Alabama this weekend when he goes there for a 7-on-7 tournament, has been impressed