In June of 2012, at the conclusion of his sophomore year at Hampton High School (VA), Marshawn Williams verbally committed to Virginia Tech. The 5’11”, 215-pound running back, now a graduate of Phoebus High School in Hampton, is now just weeks from enrolling at the school he committed to a year-and-a-half ago.

After rushing for 1,854 yards and 31 touchdowns his first three seasons at Hampton, Williams transferred to Phoebus, where he would enjoy the best season of his high school career. The senior exploded for 2,192 yards and 30 touchdowns (including 8 in one game) on 265 carries, helping his new team to a 10-2 overall record. This spring he’ll join a Virginia Tech tailback group that is also expected to include J.C. Coleman, Chris Mangus, Joel Caleb, Trey Edmunds, Jerome Wright, and fellow January of 2014 enrollee Shai McKenzie. Tech may add class of 2013 signee DJ Reid as well this spring if he gains admission.

Williams will be the first of his family to play major college football. He’ll be the first major college athlete, in fact, but he does have family who played basketball on the high school level. Marshawn took some time this week to be the subject of my latest “Q&A.”


You may be a top flight running back recruit now, but I understand you did not start out your football career in the offensive backfield. Rather, I understand you began your football career on the offensive line. Is that accurate?

MARSHAWN WILLIAMS: “Man, I was the best lineman ever. It was in rec league my first year. That was the only time I ever played the line. I was too skinny after my first year. After that they put me at running back and I was pretty decent there.”

Q&A with RB Marshawn Williams