One of the nation’s top athletes, might turn himself into one of the nations’ top quarterbacks. Patrick Williams of DeSoto, Texas, is ranked as the nation’s No. 24 athlete, but a move to quarterback this season has several teams talking about maybe a future in college there.
“A few teams have talked about it,” Williams, who is 6-foot-2, 194 pounds, said. “Utah has talked to me about playing both quarterback and receiver. Syracuse, Kansas State and Iowa State said they’d like me at quarterback. I’m kind of liking quarterback more and more, but I think I will give both receiver and quarterback an equal shot in college. It’s just going to depend.”
There is nothing to depend on when it comes to Williams’ talent. He’s also one of the Lone Star State’s top sprinters, but he also tore it up at both quarterback and receiver at DeSoto last season. Williams threw for 238 yards, rushed for 414 yards and had 50 yards receiving as a junior, earning first team all-district honors as a junior.
“He’s a hell of an athlete,” DeSoto coach Dave Meadows said. “We had the other quarterback in there because he could throw the ball. But our offense was just missing something. We couldn’t move the ball.”
But when Williams got under center, things changed dramatically.
“Patrick just competed better than anybody else on the field,” Meadows said. “He’s got a lot of confidence and when he goes under center something big always happens and his teammates believe in him. They look to him as a leader and he always comes through.”
Williams said he’s still very open to many of the teams on his list. With scholarship offers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Utah, Purdue, Syracuse and several others, he’s going to have a lot of options.
“I’m leaving a lot of this at this point to my parents,” he said. “I’m so focused on my season. But I have thought about a few schools that I’d like to visit. Kansas State, LSU and Colorado would be three that I’d like to visit.”