Tight End, Class of 2022
Battlefield High School, Haymarket, VA
Battlefield (Va.) 2022 tight end Wesley Williams and his teammates have kept busy with seven-on-seven football this fall. Williams continues to see his recruiting profile rise, now with nine scholarship offers to his credit. But with the continued NCAA dead period that quashes any in-person contact with coaches and athletics programs, he’s spent much of his time focused on his season, just in a different form than expected.
“I’ve been trying to work as hard as possible to improve things that I’ve been told by coaches, trainers, my weak spots, and improve those,” Williams said. “I’m working relentlessly so that when I come back, I come back with a vengeance. Next time I hit the field, I’ll be the best version of myself I can possibly be and not waste the time I’ve been given.”
That’s not to say recruiting has taken a complete backseat. Virginia Tech joined Williams’ list of suitors with an offer of its own. That list also includes Pittsburgh, Virginia, Duke and others, and has given Williams plenty to think about.
“I want a good connection with the coaching staff and players, an open line of communication,” he said. “Coaches that aren’t polarizing figures, who you can respect and connect with. I also want a program to be hard-working, that doesn’t rely on its reputation, and that’s hungry.”
Williams said he hasn’t taken any college visits since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic began in March. But he did get an in-person visit with the Hokies last season for their win over Old Dominion.
“It was really a great visit, at Lane Stadium,” Williams said. “The school has a great football history. It was great to see things you see on TV, and experience that. They played ODU, and it was good to see where they battled back.”
Assistant coach Ryan Smith has been Williams’ primary contact. But he’s also been in regular conversations with Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech’s defense quality control coach, and Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, the assistant director of player personnel.
Williams also saw Virginia for a game last season, two weeks later for its win over the Monarchs.
“That was the only game I went to for night, which was electric,” Williams said. “It was ODU and a close game. It was good to see how they reacted. They saw they were down, so it was exciting to see how they battled back.”
The last game Williams attended first-hand was in late November. He visited Pittsburgh for the first time, for its season-finale against Boston College.
“It’s a great school,” Williams said. “Pittsburgh is a nice city. That was the first time I’d been. It was during Thanksgiving, so it was cold. It’s cool that they play in an NFL stadium, Heinz Field. That’s a unique aspect and it was a great place to go.”
Overall, though, Williams said he hasn’t made significant progress yet. He’s ready to take more college visits when possible and get a better handle of his potential options.
“Even though having nine offers is a blessing, I’m a junior and because of what’s going on in the world, I feel like I’m somewhat early in the process. I haven’t gotten to have that full experience yet. So, I’d say it’s early, somewhere in the early to middle stages.”
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