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December 29, 2008MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl coverage | Army AA Bowl rosters | More all-star coverage
SAN ANTONIO - Brennan Williams said he loves both Boston College and North Carolina and even after visiting both schools - plus taking trips to other places - it's going to be difficult to choose one and say no to all the others.
That will be his charge Saturday when he is expected to verbally commit to the Eagles or Tar Heels here at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"It's going to end up coming down to what fits me the best," said Williams, a 6-foot-6, 272-pound offensive guard from West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial. "They're both my top two favorite schools so I like them both a lot It's a lot harder saying no to all the other schools than it is saying yes to one."
If Williams is still uncertain of his decision, North Carolina might have the edge since four other commits are also playing in the Army game - five-star defensive end Donte Moss, four-star wide receiver Joshua Adams, four-star athlete Donavan Tate and kicker C.J. Feagles. Boston College has no commits in town.
But Williams' mind is probably already made up and he's just waiting until game time to announce his decision. Wake Forest and Virginia had also pushed for his services but after a methodical and steady approach to the recruiting service, it appears Williams will pick either Boston College - his hometown school - or North Carolina, which got involved late but made an impression on him.
"The most important thing was to commit and then stick with that commitment," Williams said. "I definitely don't want to go back on our word. If I'm verbally committing that's where I'm going."
His decision will be a surprise to the coaching staffs as well since Williams, the top-rated player in the Massachusetts top 10 of 2009, said he has not informed the coaches from the top three schools of his choice. If he picks Boston College, he and Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity Pawling defensive tackle Dillon Quinn would be the only four-star commits so far in the class.
Florida, Michigan, Duke and Maryland were four other programs that tried to get in the Williams sweepstakes but after visits and lengthy discussions with his family it comes down to two ACC programs. Rivals.com rates Williams as the seventh-best offensive guard in the class and he's a member of the Rivals 250.