Hampton (VA) running back Marshawn Williams has become the second member of the 2014 class to commit to Virginia Tech. The 6’0″, 205-pound prospect called Hokies primary recruiter Curt Newsome today to make the pledge, which comes two days after he was in Blacksburg on an unofficial visit.
“I have been wanting to (commit), but I’ve been sketchy about it because I didn’t visit or see the campus or anything. I wanted to review the academics,” said Williams. “After I did all that, I was ready.”
Simply put, Virginia Tech “was always my dream school,” Williams said.
“I’m overwhelmed. It’s unbelievable to be able to go to my dream school and play football, which is my favorite thing to do.”
Seeing the campus and learning more about Virginia Tech’s academics sealed the decision for Williams. On the football front, the Hokies’ rich history at the running back position was also a major influence. Tech’s running back success is also a reason why he grew up following the program.
“How they produced backs, the tradition they’ve had with running backs, and how they run the offense,” Williams answered when asked what first attracted him to Virginia Tech’s football program.
Tech was the only school to offer, but Williams says there was interest from top out-of-state programs such as Alabama, Oregon, and Wisconsin as well.
“I chose Virginia Tech because I wanted to keep all the talent in the state, and I’m hoping others will join me,” Williams said.
As of this writing, Williams had not yet spoken with head coach Frank Beamer regarding his decision. He committed to Curt Newsome, with whom the talented back has developed a close relationship in a short amount of time.
“Before he started recruiting me I had heard his name, but as soon as we met there was an instant connection,” Williams said.
Williams has played on the varsity level since his freshman year. After being part of a running back rotation his first two seasons, Williams will be the primary runner his junior year.
“I’ve played two years, and I’ve kind of been the backup that’s been in a lot of the time,” Williams said, defining his role for the Crabbers his first two seasons. “I’ve spent a lot of time on the field. I’ve...
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