Williams, who committed to Maryland on June 17, said Monday that the Terps pulled their scholarship offer last week after the Archbishop Spalding lineman said he would rather play defense than offense in college.
Maryland coaches are forbidden by NCAA rules from commenting on unsigned recruits. A source close to the program said the coaching staff made it clear to Williams from the beginning that the scholarship was contingent on him playing offense.
During an unofficial visit to campus with his parents last week, Williams said Maryland coach Randy Edsall told him that he didn't think he was "good enough" to play on the defensive side of the ball.
“Coach Edsall said, 'You’re an offensive player,'" Williams said. "'Right then and there I knew what he wanted from me and wouldn’t give me a chance.”
At the camp where he originally accepted the offer, Williams had been playing defense most of the day before Edsall asked him to switch to the other side of the ball.
“I went to offense and I didn’t feel comfortable,” Williams said. “He took me to his office and said ‘I’m going to offer you as an offensive player. Here’s your opportunity to go to Maryland. It shouldn’t matter what side of the ball it’s on.'”Williams said he felt "pressured" by the staff to accept the scholarship. A source close to the Terps program said Williams was told that spots were limited in Maryland's class, and that the offer would likely be available for a couple of weeks. Maryland has landed nine high school and two junior college commitments in the past two weeks.
When Williams decided that he didn't want to play offense, Edsall told the three-star prospect to call recruiting coordinator John Dunn, who informed him the scholarship was no longer on the table.
Williams will reopen his recruitment and said Villanova, Boston College and James Madison are all pursuing him. He does not have a set list and will still field interest from other schools.
“I’m opening my recruitment back up and I’m finishing where I started,” Williams said. “Defense is my heart. That’s where I want to be.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Bracken contributed to this article.