2008 Target: RB Williams Lands First Two Offers

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September 1st was not only the date college coaches could begin calling 2007 class recruits on a weekly basis, but it was also the date that juniors could start receiving scholarship offers. In what is no surprise, Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) running back Ryan Williams – considered to be one of the top in-state recruits in the 2008 class – picked up his first two offers yesterday.

“[Yesterday] I received my first two offers – from Maryland and UVa,” Williams said.

“I wasn’t expecting it this early. I was expecting them to come after my season.”

Of receiving his first offers, Williams said “It felt great. I can’t explain it other than to say I was happy. I kind of felt like I wanted to cry (laughs), but I was at school when I received my first offer. I was in weightlifting with [Head] Coach [Loren] Johnson. Words can’t describe how I feel because this is something I love dearly. It’s a real good feeling.”

Williams started as a freshman at Stonewall Jackson, amassing 800 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving. He suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee at the beginning of last season, an injury which caused him to miss the first six games of the year. He skipped track-and-field this spring in order to focus on strengthening his knee and now feels 100 percent healthy heading into his junior season.

“It feels real good to be back,” Williams said. “I was real down because of the injury last year because I couldn’t play football. I’m happy to be healthy and I’m trying to stay healthy this year and for the rest of my football career. It feels real good to be healthy. I feel a lot stronger. I feel a lot healthier. I realize I’m quicker, faster and a lot stronger.”

At 5-10, 194 pounds, Williams is fast and elusive and has tremendous playmaking ability. In outdoor track his freshman year, he posted personal best times of 10.9 in the 100 meters and 22.4 in the 200 meters. He has worked on his speed this off-season and, this past spring, was hand-timed on a track at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash.

More than his physical gifts, Williams has a great attitude.

“I just want to contribute to the team as much as I can,” Williams said. “I just want to help the team succeed. I play everywhere – from running back