The top running back in the state of Virginia is set to make his first official visit. 5-10, 205-pound Ryan Williams , star senior running back out of Stonewall Jackson High School (Manassas, VA), will head to South Bend this weekend to visit Notre Dame.
“He is going to Notre Dame,” Stonewall Jackson head coach Loren Johnson said. “That is the only one he has set right now.”
Johnson added that Williams’ “goal right now is to take all five official visits.” At this point, Johnson is looking to help his blue-chip standout narrow down the list of suitors to a manageable number.
“He wants to narrow this thing down,” Johnson said. “I’m going to help him get this thing moving in the right direction. By that I mean I will help him narrow it down as soon as possible. I don’t know how many schools it will be. We’ll determine that. We just have to get it going. We’ll try to get it down to 10 or 15 and we’ll start ranking the teams. We’ll call some of the schools he isn’t interested in anymore and tell them why.”
Williams made an unofficial visit earlier this month, when he traveled to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s season opener versus East Carolina. Coach Johnson believes the experience went well.
“He did end up going to Virginia Tech,” Johnson said. “He enjoyed the game. He loved it. He saw guys he knows and guys he has heard about. It was good for him. He did have to leave early because he had some family things to do. He had a prior engagement.”
Virginia Tech primary recruiter Torrian Gray returned the favor last Friday, when he traveled to Stonewall Jackson. Williams performed well in Stonewall Jackson’s 27-6 victory, which moved the Raiders to 2-0 on the season.
“Coach Gray came and watched him play against Forest Park,” Johnson said. “Right now, Ryan is nursing a high ankle sprain and a tweaked hamstring. He is kind of banged up, but he ran the ball very well that night. He rushed 15 times for 123 yards and ran effectively.”
Coach Johnson did not let on whether Williams has any current favorites, but the list could be narrowed in the very near future. Stay tuned for more on the 4-star running back in the coming weeks.
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