Northside (AR) center Jaylin Williams will be taking his time with his recruitment.
Arkansas, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Tulsa, Illinois, Texas A&M, UConn, Iowa State and Nebraska are actively recruiting him at the moment as he starts to set up his visits and narrow down his list.
When it comes to picking the schools that he deems worthy, he will be looking at certain aspects.
“Just me knowing that they can make me better as a player,” he explained. “Seeing if they have success as a team, and success making players better to be able to get them to that next level.”
Back in early June, Williams spent some time in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he officially visited the Cowboys, a program he described as a family.
“When I went to Oklahoma State, you could tell it was like a family program,” he said. “Everybody was together, they hung out at the coaches house, all that.”
Arkansas, who also received a visit from the 6-10 center, tells him almost everyday that they want to keep him home, and welcomed him to campus to really see their system.
“I really didn’t do much. I just stayed with the coaches for a while and watched their practice,” he said. “Their practice was like very fast paced and competitive. They were all getting after it.”
At this stage in his recruitment, Williams is currently deciding which programs he will visit. He is unsure now of the dates or any schools he’d like to visit at the moment, and was also unsure on when he would decide.
“I’m waiting to do that,” he said. “I’ll probably just narrow it down more as in like top three, maybe late in December or November. I’ll probably do a late signing.”
Williams is a four-star rated prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports. He made his name this summer with Woodz Elite on the defensive end and many coaches have reached out to praise his ability to protect the rim and guard any position if needed. His defense is obviously something that sticks out at first glance, but he’s more than a rim protector.
“I feel like I’m a good rebounder and I’m really good at knowing where the ball is going to come off when it hits the rim,” he said. “I’m big, I can expand the floor and shoot that deep shot. I can shoot inside. If I get a smaller guy on me, I can take it into the post and I feel like I have a really good IQ for a basketball player.”