Familiarity. It is perhaps the strongest factor in Zaire Williams’ recruitment.
That was a great thing for Temple in its recruitment of the Class of 2013's No. 36 running back prospect in the nation, according to Rivals.com.
“I just felt like I was at home,” the three-star athlete from Timber Creek said when asked about his decision to verbally commit to Temple Tuesday night and decommit from West Virginia.
His relationship to Owls cornerbacks coach Fran Brown, a Camden native, and Temple’s other South Jersey recruits in the Class of 2013 certainly made an impact.
“I think we can do big things,” Williams said of the Owls.
Temple fans are hoping the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder will be able to do big things as an Owl.
As a junior at Cherokee High School, Williams rushed for 1,621 yards and 28 touchdowns. He finished that season with seven consecutive 100-yard games. Williams set school records with 385 yards and six touchdowns in a 57-56 overtime setback to Cherry Hill East.
He transferred to Timber Creek in February, 2012 after his family moved to Sicklerville. Williams rushed for 1,034 yards and 13 touchdowns despite sharing time with other running backs this past season.
He gave his verbal commitment to West Virginia on July 9. At the time, Williams chose the Mountaineers over scholarship offers from Temple, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Iowa, Delaware and Old Dominion.
However, he still went on an official visit to Temple this past weekend.
“I just went there with an open mind,” he said of his visit.
He left impressed with the university, new head coach Matt Rhule and his coaching staff.
“Yes, I did love WVU. Still do,” Williams said on Twitter. “But Temple is the best place for me and my future.”