Terrell Williams, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound three-star safety/wide receiver from Union High School (Edison Prep transfer) in Tulsa, Okla., took his first official visit to Colorado last weekend (Dec. 12) and says it was everything he expected it to be.
"That's really what I imagined a college being like," Williams said. "I loved it there. The whole trip went real good. The campus is real nice and seemed unreal. It's so beautiful."
Besides the campus, Williams also enjoyed some of the activities they had planned during the visit - like a trip to the ESPN Zone. "We don't have anything like that in Tulsa," he said. "That was real fun. We got to hang out with the coaches there and shoot hoops and just have fun."
In fact, the Colorado coaching staff is what Williams says stands out the most about his official visit. "You can really tell they care about their players," he said. "We got to hang out together a lot and they did everything as a group. It was great getting to know them more."
Williams says another highlight was having dinner at coach Dan Hawkins' house. "Getting to have dinner at a Div. 1 coach's house was something," he said. "They fed us like crazy and I felt very comfortable around everyone.
"My hosts (junior cornerback Cha'pelle Brown and sophomore tailback Brian Lockridge) were real cool too and it felt like I had known those guys for a long time," he said. "We just clicked right away. They told me not to let anyone pressure me into anything and said how much they'd love playing with me."
Williams admits he was also impressed with how the Buffs played this season. "They are a young team and did pretty well," he said. "I could definitely see myself going there and playing early and making a difference.
"I like how they are in the Big 12 and I really believe they can be a top team in the next few years," Williams said.
Williams says that his visit to Boulder has moved Colorado up to a first place tie with Ole Miss. He'll be visiting the Rebels on Jan. 23.
"They had a pretty good season and they'll be getting even better," he said of Ole Miss. "I think I'd be able to get some early playing time, plus they play in the SEC and that's one of the best conferences around."
Colorado and Ole Miss lead solidly over Oregon State, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma State. Williams is visiting the Beavers on Jan. 30, the Razorbacks on Jan. 9 and the Jayhawks on Jan. 16.
In fact, he recently had a few Kansas coaches over for an in-home visit on Dec. 15. "Kansas is right down the road," he said. "It's only like three hours away so my family would be able to drive to my games.
"I like how well Kansas has been doing," he said. "They've always been more of a basketball school, but football is getting more recognition and it would be great to go there and help make football even bigger."
Although he says he has scholarship offers from all the schools mentioned above, Williams admits he hasn't heard from Tennessee since the coaching change. "I'm not sure about them," he said.
"I need to find out if my recruiting coach (Vols defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell) is going to stay with the program or not," he said. "But I haven't been hearing from them so that might be why."
Williams is ranked as the No. 37 safety in the country by Scout.com, but is also being recruited for wide receiver.
He plans to major in either mechanical engineering or sports medicine. He reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 20 ACT.