Rayshad Williams Set To Narrow Focus

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Of the 10 offers Whitehaven (Tenn.) three-star cornerback Rayshad Williams has, a few stand out in his mind. Later today, he’ll let everyone else know, too.

Williams is set to release a top group of schools this evening. He’s already taken a handful of visits since the beginning of the spring. And he’ll set more visits based on his top list.

Throughout the process, though, Williams said he hasn’t lost sight of what he wants to find most in his future home.

“It’s just where I would fit in,” he said. “The opportunity to play early and the coaching staff, the school academic-wise, those are the big ones. Just opportunities and if I fit in, in a good spot. I decided on pharmacy school.”

This spring, Williams visited Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Arkansas. A few stood out more than others, but each stop had aspects that especially resonated.

“Definitely the facilities, you see which schools are more serious,” Williams said. ”You can tell how their facilities are bigger than others. The one thing I notice also is the coaches. Just the way they act recruiting-wise.”

Williams, Rivals.com’s No. 34 player in Tennessee, last stopped in Blacksburg in early April for spring practice.

“Just talking to the coaches and learning about the history stood out,” he said. “Watching them practice and how many DBs are tall and fit my style of play really caught my attention. The way the coach has recruited me, he’s come at me hard.”

Assistant coach Galen Scott has been Williams’ primary recruiter. But it’s been the way they’ve talked that’s had the most impact.

“It’s been great,” Williams said. “We talk about a lot of things, even basketball. We have a really close relationship and we’ve been texting on and off.”

Overall, Williams said the Hokies will likely make the cut when he narrows his list.

“I see them as one of my top schools right now,” he said. “Me and my dad have been talking about it and I really like Virginia Tech. It’s a little bit of both the team and the academics that I like.”

The in-state Volunteers are also squarely in the mix. Williams also took in a spring practice there in April.

“That’s a top school and I like them a lot,” he said. “They’ve been recruiting me hard, also. I definitely like Butch Jones. The stadium, the team, the fan support, all of that caught my eye. Knowing