Glenwood’s Branden Williams was willing to turn down a couple of Division I-A offers for the opportunity to play quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder had offers from Marshall and Southern Mississippi, but both schools wanted him to play defensive back.
Rather than make the transition to a new position, Williams opted to sign with Winston-Salem State, a Division I-AA school in North Carolina. “A lot of schools were interested in me, but I wanted to play quarterback at the next level,” he said. “When I went on visit I spent a lot time with the head coach (Kermit Blount). He talked to me about being the starter, and I felt at home.” Williams was one of five Glenwood players to sign a national letter of intent. Maurice Crawford signed with Grambling State and Bryant Mosely signed with Alabama State. Cody Pearcy and William Tanzie signed with Huntingdon College. Williams looks forward to the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback position in the fall. He threw for 1,000 yards and rushed for 600 yards at Glenwood in 2007. He hopes to help Winston-Salem State get to the next level. The Rams are 15-15 over the last three years. “They are going through a rebuilding process and have a lot of potential,” he said. “They are heading in the right direction. And hopefully before I leave, we can win a championship.” Crawford’s decision was a little easier as his cousin Frank Warren is a running back at Grambling State. He also considered North Central, Jacksonville State and Florida A&M. “They have a tradition of winning,” Crawford said. “It really helps knowing someone down there.”