By Jeff Borzello
Most five-star prospects love the attention and recognition that comes along with being ranked among the top players in the country.
Jonathan Williams III, however, has no problem avoiding the spotlight.
“I don’t really care about any of that stuff,” Williams III said. “I’m just trying to stay focused. It gets you a big head, gets you slacking off.”
Williams III, a 6-foot-8 forward from Southwind (Tenn.), is ranked No. 8 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 for the class of 2013. Naturally, he holds a host of high-major offers.
Among the schools that have extended a scholarship offer to Williams are Florida, Tennessee, Memphis, Texas, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Georgetown, UCLA, Arkansas, Virginia and Kentucky. All of them have also come by his high school to watch him work out.
“It’s going pretty good,” Williams III said of his recruitment. “I know I’m being recruited highly, but I’m more worried about staying focused and staying humble, working hard.”
He took a trip to Tennessee this past weekend, and has also been to the campuses of Kentucky and Ole Miss.
Williams III visited Lexington during his freshman year, when the Wildcats hosted North Carolina.
“The fans were just so crazy,” he said. “The gym was packed, everything was live. It was a nice arena, but I haven’t really visited the campus. I’ll do that when I go back up there this year.”
As for Ole Miss, Williams III was very impressed with the dedication to academics from the athletic department.
“They really focus on your education,” he said. “If you go to Ole Miss and you’re an athlete, you should not fail. I also watched them practice; they have a nice practice facility. Everything is brand new, and they’ll have a new arena built in the next two years.”
Williams III has no plans to cut down his list or even plan more visits in the coming months; he’s more focused on winning a state championship and wading through Southwind’s difficult schedule.
However, his versatile skill set will play a factor in the school he eventually chooses to attend.
“I’m looking at how they play; will I be able to play the one through the four?” Williams III said. “I’m not a position player, I can play any position on the floor. I can post, shoot the 3, run the fast break, do a little bit of everything.”
However, he’s not yet content with his all-around game.
Said Williams III: “I’m trying to be unstoppable.”