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Recruitment of Williams still slow, but expected to increase

With his play on Game Elite’s 2019 team during the most recent travel season, Jaylin Williams worked his way into the Rivals150 in the 2019 class as the No. 123 prospect. But despite being among the best prospects in his class, the versatile, athletic 6-foot-7 forward’s recruitment hasn’t been quite as hot as one might expect.

Butler and Mississippi State have made the trip to Brantley County High School so far to see Williams. DePaul, Nebraska and Xavier are among the other schools recruiting Williams the hardest right now, while other high-majors continue to monitor his progress.

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“I’m just going to take visits to all the schools that recruit me and see where I fit best. I don’t want to go too far away from home. I’m open to being a ‘stretch 4’ or playing on the wing. If I like the campus and the teammates there, that’s where I’ll go. I’ll play wherever the coach wants me to play.”

On Butler: “Butler said they don’t really have a position. If you’re a big man and you can bring the ball up, they’ll let you bring the ball up.”

On Mississippi State: “(Coaches were) really just talking about the campus, how they’ve done every year, and what position they want me to play. They want me to play the 3.”


Williams says he’s nowhere near making a decision and might even take it all the way until the end of his senior. Butler and Mississippi State are putting in the most work in his recruitment right now, but more schools will likely jump into the mix for Williams over the next year. Given that distance could be a factor in his decision, ACC and SEC schools will clearly have an advantage in this one.