If there is one prospect coaches from the Northern Virginia area agree is the top prospect in the region, it is without question Ryan Williams. Williams, a star running back out of Stonewall Jackson High School, averaged 10 yards-per-carry en route to gaining 1,574 yards and scoring a total of 22 touchdowns last season as a junior.
Stonewall Jackson head coach Loren Johnson, a standout defensive back for Virginia Tech in the late ’90s, believes greatness lies ahead for Williams on the next level.
“He has the talent, the maturity, the grades…he is the total package,” said Johnson, who added that Williams is up to 5-11, 215 pounds right now. “He has size, speed, determination. He has a lot of those physical attributes. His vision is his number one asset. He is blessed with a tremendous vision. He turns a 2-yard run into a 20-yard run.
“If everything falls in order, I feel like he has the opportunity to win a Heisman trophy. That’s my vision. People might think I’m crazy, but I’ve been around Michael Vick, DeAngelo Hall, Tiki Barber…I think Ryan brings to the table what those guys brought to the table. If his college experience goes like it should, I wouldn’t see why Ryan wouldn’t be a kid we could talk about like that.”
According to Johnson, Williams has talled over 20 scholarship offers thus far. He listed Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Notre Dame, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech as some of the programs that have already extended offers.
Originally from Newburgh, New York, Williams does not seem set on staying in the state of Virginia to play his college football.
“As far as the in-state schools (Virginia and Virginia Tech), Ryan says he wouldn’t mind staying close to home but he also says that is not set in stone,” Johnson said. “He will travel if he has to. The number one thing for Ryan is finding the right place for him.
“He is open right now and he is going to go through the whole process.”
Though no visits have been set for this year, Williams has taken unofficial visits to Maryland, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech…all of which came last year. Most schools are recruiting him as a running back, the position he certainly wants to play on the next level.
“A few schools that I won’t mention by name have mentioned defensive back, but that won’t happen,” Johnson said. “He wants to play running...
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