When one door closes, another door opens. That is what Teondre Williams is quickly finding out with his recruitment. The 6-foot-4 guard from Meadowcreek (Ga.) High School has a relatively new list of suitors as the signing date quick approaches.
Williams will tell anyone that listens that he was ready to commit to Clemson however less than 24 hours before taking an official visit to the ACC school, the scholarship was filled by Tanner Smith, a player from the same county as him in the Atlanta area.
The four-star guard went right back to the drawing board, he said, and had to re-evaluate his overall recruitment.
"It changed it a lot because I stopped talking to certain coaches and basically had it all figured out. I was getting really serious about Clemson," Williams said. "When Tanner committed, I was really lost on what I was going to do. Then I had to tell coaches again that I was open again and had to see what I had to do."
With an open mind and an open recruitment, Williams is now ready to hit the road again.
Williams said he will visit Colorado State this weekend. He originally planned on making the trip to Fort Collins last weekend but his schedule didn't mesh with the Rams' schedule. A trip to Oregon is scheduled for the first weekend of November and the following week, he has tentative plans to visit Arkansas.
"Colorado State, I really like what they are telling me. I want to visit them and see them even more. But I also have a lot of people telling me that I'm better than that. But I want to see it for myself," Williams said.
"With Oregon, I think it would be a real, real good school. You look at that conference and you see Arizona, UCLA, USC and all of those schools out there, you know you are going to have a big game every night against great players in my class that are already going there and the players that are already there. With Arkansas, it's the SEC. You always have great teams in the SEC."
Williams said he is also listening to Kansas State and Providence but doesn't have any visits planned with either program at this stage of the game. At this point, Williams said he knows spots might not be open if he decides to wait so the visits play a huge role in his overall decision making process.
"I really want to play in a family type of atmosphere and wherever I go, my mom won't have to worry about me at all. I want to be somewhere that I'm wanted," Williams said. "Playing time is a factor but not as much as a factor as knowing that I'm wanted."