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Elite programs pursuing talented 2024 Bosco CB Marcelles Williams

July 15, 2021

I was introduced to Big Max Williams's family back in 2016 when oldest son Max Williams‍ was a sophomore and brother Macen Williams‍ was a freshman at Gardena (CA) Serra HS. Max was already considered one of the Elite prospects for the 2018 recruiting class and Macen was ready to make a name for himself. 

Max signed with USC, Macen with ASU and that left Max and Shante Williams’s baby Marcelles as the last in the nest. Celles is now a sophomore at St. John Bosco, but we we’ve been watching him ball since he was a 5-0, 80 pound sixth grader.

As a lark (sort of), we made a profile page at USC SCOOP in 2017 for Celles and gave him a 5-Star ranking. Big Max, Max and Macen all did say Celles would be the best of the Williams brothers. We had an opportunity to see him compete at the Premium Sports L.A. Showcase that July too.


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Now Celles is 5-11 and 170 pounds, competes this offseason for his pops and Premium Team Gas, he earned offers from USC, ASU, Arizona, FAU, Florida St., Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio St., Oregon, Oregon St. and UNLV.

The youngest Williams also had an opportunity to visit several schools this summer with his family and few Bosco teammates, including USC and Ohio St.

Although I'm generally reluctant to write articles on kids with three years remaining in high school, some kids like Celles, Peyton Woodyard‍,  Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa, Zabien Brown and others already have 10+ scholarship offers.

So USC SCOOP caught up with Williams a few weeks ago at the Orlando Scandrick 7v7 Event at Los Alamitos. We talked about his June visits, USC and more.

Scott Schrader and Marcelles Williams Q&A:

SS: Which schools did you visit in June?

MW: “I went to USC and Ohio St."

SS: Tell about the Ohio State visit.

MW: “It was a lot of fun getting to see their campus, their facilities and it's a really big campus."

SS: Compare Ohio St. to USC.

MW: “Obviously they have better facilities, they have more first-round corners, they compete for National Championships and they're always in the playoffs. I think they have the third most appearances in the playoffs."

SS: What was it like when that offer came in, because you weren't expecting that one yet.

MW: “The first day I was there they said they really don't offer freshmen corners and they like to wait a while. The next day they talked to all of us and then they told me there was no sense in waiting to offer, since they had already seen me working out. Then Coach Barnes gave me the offer and I was kind of shocked, because I didn't expect that offer."

SS: Is that a place you'd like to get back to at some Point?

MW: “For sure, I'd definitely like to go back."

SS: So USC was the other school you visited and you already knew plenty about the Trojans. Was your visit this time different, because you're now being recruited by Donte and USC?

MW: “It was way different, because I was always visiting with my brother and dad. They were recruiting him (Max) and they would talk to me a little bit, but now that they're recruiting me it's way different."

SS: You're not choosing a school for three more years, but I know you already know Donte and talk to him a little bit. Tell me about Donte.

MW: “He's a really cool guy and a really great coach. He offered me last year after the Utah game. Max called me and told me Donte wanted to offer me, so he added him to a Facetime call. That’s when Donte offered me."

SS: Tell me what the the feeling is like when the school you know so much about, you have an older brother playing there and then all of a sudden you have a scholarship a ninth grader. What was the first thing you did when you got off the phone with Max and Donte?

MW: “I ran into my parents room and was very excited and happy that I had just gotten an offer from USC and Coach Donte."

SS: The first time I saw you practicing at Bosco you were paired up against Beuax Collins. You benefitted greatly from that competition, but Beaux is now at Clemson. Who is that guy at practice for you now?

MW: “I now look forward to going against Logan (Booher) every rep. We make each other better. He'll win some, I'll win some and we just get better each day."

SS: What did you learn your first year at St. John Bosco?

MW: “I learned a lot. I learned how to use my leverage, when the ball is most likely to come to my man and mostly stuff like that."

SS: Tell me what it's like playing for Team Gas and that group of talented young dudes?

MW: “It's a lot of fun, because we're all really young guys and still learning the game together. We look forward ton laying with each other, building chemistry  and we're all pretty close on that team."


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