Offensive Guard, Class of 2023
Alcoa High School, Alcoa, TN
Like his teammate, Alcoa (TN) 2023 lineman Lance Williams had been to Virginia Tech previously. But his visit Friday for the Hokies’ win over North Carolina may have especially opened his eyes.
Williams was on hand Friday with his teammate, Rivals250 offensive lineman Tyler Jeffries. It’s the first of what Williams hopes are many game visits this fall that will help him in the process of choosing where he’ll attend college. Williams said that decision is likely far off, but visits like the one he took to Virginia Tech have offered more perspective.
Williams, Rivals.com’s No. 19 guard in the 2023 class, said he previously camped with the Hokies in June. Seeing the game atmosphere, however, gave more of a glimpse.
“It was insane,” Williams said. “The noise, especially coming out, I know UNC was scared. That’s why Virginia Tech won that game, just the craziness. Last year, they played with no fans and they weren’t used to that loud noise. They come out to that and that’s crazy.”
Before the game, Williams connected with Vance Vice. Their relationship has really factored in to how he sees the program.
“When I went up there, I liked him a lot,” Williams said. “One of his O-linemen, Derrell Bailey, he goes up there and Coach Vice is hard on him. Derrell tells me all the funny stuff he says and I like that. I do want a good relationship with him, though, so when after I get done playing, I can call him and have a good relationship after.”
Williams said he also likes aspects of the school, in addition to the success the football program has had, particularly on the offensive line.
“It’s a pretty campus and I like it a lot,” he said. “It’s definitely one of my top three or four. We just went for the game, but I knew a lot about it when I went to the camp. We toured up there and talked to the coaches. I definitely learned something about Virginia Tech, that their games are ecstatic, and they have a good O-line tradition, too. They have a guy who’s one of the top O-linemen in the nation, so that’s good you can see them putting people in the league.”