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Thu. January 21, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Even though he has an offer from Division I-AA Alabama State, Tampa Catholic QB Doug Williams Jr. has decided to attend prep school, his father said today.

“When him and I sat down and mapped out the future, we felt like this was the best option,” said Doug Williams Sr., the legendary Bucs QB.

In addition to the Alabama State offer, the younger Williams, known as DJ, had strong interest from Grambling, where his father played, and Morgan State.

Williams hopes to attend Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, according to his father.

“We’ve talked to the coaches and they’ve got a combine coming up,” the elder Williams said. “We’re getting all the paperwork done. Hopefully, he can enroll. We’ve started the process of him enrolling at Hargrave. I feel pretty good about it.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Williams began his prep career at Jefferson but transferred to TC before his junior season. With the Crusaders, he backed up Christian Green at QB and saw extensive time at WR.

In TC’s state final loss to Jacksonville Bolles last month, Williams played quite a bit at QB in the second half..

“He really should have played a little more (QB during the season),” Doug Williams Sr. said.

The hope now is that Williams, who is only 17, will have a chance to improve his skills for a year in prep school before settling on a college.

“Even if he doesn’t get a scholarship, he can walk on and earn one,” Doug Williams Sr. said. “He didn’t play as much as I would have loved. When he did play, he played decent. This will give him the opportunity to grow and mature a little bit.”

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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