Four-star Archbishop Carroll offensive tackle Jauan Williams, a Maryland target, said Monday at pregame festivities for the Under Armour All-America Game that he's leaning toward playing his college football at Florida State.
"I just feel like they fit right for me," he told media in Orlando.
This is significant for Maryland, because the Terps - though clearly not a favorite for Williams's services - seem to have at least a puncher's chance at landing him. He's a teammate of newly minted Maryland commit Richard Merritt, a fellow four-star prospect who suits up next to Williams on Archbishop Carroll's offensive line. Before he committed to Maryland, Merritt tweeted he'd be a package deal with Williams.
"I'm still considering Maryland," Williams said. I'm just not probably going to take an official [visit] there. I've been at Maryland a whole bunch of times. The only time I go to Maryland is if I just drive up there and see the coaching staff."
Williams is rated at 247Sports as the No. 16 tackle in the country and the second-best player in the District.
Williams knows Maryland defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, but not new head coach DJ Durkin or whoever will be Maryland's next offensive line coach. Williams didn't know if Maryland had yet hired a line coach.
"I've just got to get a feel for the O-line coach that might be there and the new head coach."
Williams said Oklahoma, along with Florida State, would be a clear contender for his signature. He also mentioned LSU, Nebraska and Miami as strong possibilities.