Ryan Williams Eyeing Early January Decision

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5-10, 205-pound senior running back Ryan Williams , a 4-star prospect out of Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA), was recently selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 5th, 2008. Williams, one of the top remaining uncommitted players in the state, has also made some headway on the recruiting front.

For Stonewall Jackson head coach Loren Johnson, Williams’ Army Bowl selection was an accomplishment for both player and school.

“It was a culmination of four years,” Johnson said. “It shows the progress our school has made in four years, both athletically and academically. About four or six years ago, I don’t think this could’ve happened. From an individual standpoint, from the coach to the player, we have been through everything together. We have gone through our ups and downs with going through injuries, people talking about him and keeping him motivated and moving forward. For both of us, this is an exciting time.”

Particularly in light of an injury-riddled senior seasion, Williams relishes one more opportunity to show his talents on the high school football stage.

“This gives him the opportunity to show America how good he is,” Johnson said. “He is excited about the opportunity of moving on to college football and showing the world how good he could be.”

Since Williams made an official visit to Notre Dame in September, things have been relatively quiet on the recruiting front. That is until recently, and now Williams is primed to move ahead with his decision-making process. He plans to make more official visits next month.

“The next step is an official visit to Virginia Tech scheduled for December 8th,” Johnson said. “Then, he is going to try to set up a visit to Rutgers and a visit to Boston College. One school that is also kind of in the mix a little bit is Maryland.”

Right now, the state of Virginia star does have a decision date in mind.

“I think right now that he is planning on deciding when he is at the football game,” Johnson said.

Notre Dame seems to be on the outside looking in right now, with the aforementioned four other schools still in the race. Williams has not named a clear favorite, though.

“He has been real hush about that,”