Stonewall Jackson Notes: Williams Sets First Official

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Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) running back Ryan Williams , one of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the East, has set his first official visit. No others have been set at this time, but he does plan on making all five official visits before coming to a decision. Stonewall Jackson head coach Loren Johnson provided the latest on the talented 4-star recruit.

“As of right now, he is going to make all five official visits,” Johnson said. “He has set one. On September 21st, he will be at Notre Dame.”

The 5-10, 205-pound Williams has whittled down his long list of scholarship offers but is not quite ready to list them publicly.

“I think he has narrowed it down to 10, but he has asked me not to reveal that list yet,” Johnson said. “Some things have been weighing in there, such as that player transferring from USC to Florida. He doesn’t want to reveal a top 10 and then have circumstances change at a school. Those situations are why he is being so cautious in giving out any information.”

Johnson did not give too much away with regards to Williams’ top schools. He was tight-lipped as well when discussing in-state programs Virginia and Virginia Tech, but he did indicate that both programs remain under consideration.

“Both in-state schools are close to home and they are always going to play a role in his recruitment,” Johnson said.

Williams plans on heading to Blacksburg this Saturday for Virginia Tech’s season opener versus East Carolina. Besides this unofficial visit and the scheduled official to South Bend, no other trips have been set. The top running back in the state, Williams averaged 10 yards per carry en route to rushing for 1,574 yards last season as a junior.

Dynamic backfield…

Stonewall Jackson boasts one of the most talented offensive backfields in the state this year. In addition to Williams, there is senior quarterback Breon Shelton, who has been offered by James Madison. Then there is speedy running back Damien Thigpen, who is one of the top 2009 class prospects in the state.

“Damien is 5-9, about 175 pounds, and he was clocked electronically at 4.3 in the 40. He is the state champ in the 300-meter hurdles,”