5-7, 205-pound running back De’antwan Williams , one of the top juniors in the state of Virginia, picked up his eighth official scholarship offer on Monday. Alabama is the Woodbridge star’s latest offer, joining Boston College, Liberty, Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Although he does not claim any favorites, Williams does admit to liking the SEC. In particular, he mentioned Alabama and Auburn as programs he is high on, so he was excited about the offer from the Crimson Tide.
“[On Monday] I received an offer from Alabama,” Williams said. “I talked to Nick Saban on the phone. He was telling me about why he likes me and why he wants me to come to school there. He was also telling me about his coaching years and stuff like that. He is trying to get me to take a visit down there.”
Williams says he definitely plans to make an unofficial visit to Alabama this summer. Of the schools that have offered, he has only thoroughly checked out the University of Maryland. He did go to the University of Virginia last fall, when Woodbridge made the Group AAA, Division 6 state championship game (but fell to Westfield), but he has not taken a tour of the campus.
Williams says both Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the schools that have stopped by his school this Evaluation Period. He is interested in visiting both this summer, but no plans have been set.
“Virginia Tech came by the school a couple of weeks ago,” Williams said. “UVa came in last Thursday. Coach Poindexter came and said he wanted to coach me in college. Coach Poindexter is cool. [Virginia Tech primary recruiter Bud Foster] is cool and up front, too.”
The talented prospect has always produced at Woodbridge. A starter since his freshman year, Williams rushed for 2,247 yards and 28 touchdowns this past season as a junior. His big-time breakthrough performance came in the state semifinals, when he rushed 35 times for 249 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-27 victory at Hermitage.
“He is very explosive and strong,” Woodbridge quarterbacks coach Kevin Smith said of Williams. “He runs with more power than his size would indicate. He started as a freshman and ran for over 1,000 yards. Right now, he is about 205 pounds compared to 170 as a freshman. He is a physical kid at running back.
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