Posted: 5:10 pm Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Glades Central’s Will Likely taking his time with football recruiting 

By Matt Porter

Glades Central junior William Likely knows he’s the highest-profile recruit in Palm Beach County who hasn’t committed to a college.

His friends Kelvin Taylor (Florida) and Greg Bryant (Oklahoma) recently announced their commitments, saying part of their reason for doing so was to ease the pressure that comes from today’s recruiting process.

To be sure, there’s pressure on Likely. Everyone in Belle Glade wants to know which BCS school he will pick. Recruiting websites call constantly. His mailbox is full, and as soon as NCAA rules permit college coaches to call and visit with increased frequency, they will.

But he isn’t rushing his decision.

“I’ve been putting it off,” Likely said at Thursday’s District 13-2A track meet at Suncoast. “I’m going to wait it out.”

Likely plans to take his five official visits. He recently traveled to Baton Rouge, La. for LSU’s spring game. He said he enjoyed his experience, but the Tigers are on equal footing with the rest of the 20-plus BCS programs who have offered him.

Miami, Florida, Southern Cal, Clemson and South Carolina are among the schools that want the 5-foot-7, 180-pound Likely, who projects as a cornerback in college.

Narrowing down that list? Not yet.

Likely’s current duties are running the 100-meter dash and 400- and 1600-meter relays for Glades Central. When spring football kicks off May 1, he’ll be the main offensive and defensive weapon for a school that renews its state title hopes every year.

He said he’s more focused on that than finding the answer to the question so many have.

“I don’t really think about it,” Likely said. “I look at it like, I still have things to do in high school.”