Chicago Vocational High School has developed the likes of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus as well as former Notre Dame great Chris Zorich, and could the Cavaliers have another standout player in the making?
Chicago (Ill.) Vocational junior dual threat quarterback prospect Isiah Williams (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) has drawn early scholarship offers from both the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University this winter, and several schools are in hot pursuit of Williams.
"I've been to junior day events at both Illinois and Northern Illinois," Williams said. "Both Illinois and Northern Illinois have offered me a scholarship."
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Williams, who has been getting steady mail and recruiting interest this winter from Illinois, NIU, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Purdue, Boston College and several MAC schools talked about what stood out about the Illini and the Huskies on his recent college junior day visits to both schools.
"I really liked the new coaches at Illinois. They seem like really good guys, plus Illinois is pretty close to home and that's a plus for my family. I also really like the campus and the facilities at Illinois. I also like what the new coaching staff is planning on offense, that offense is definitely attractive and it seems like it would be a good fit for me."
"NIU is also close to home. NIU runs a very similiar systen to what we run at CVS, except that I run a bit more option at CVS. I also got along really well with the coaches at NIU, plus NIU has had some really good success on the field recently. I like the fact that they have been a winning program over the last few years."
Williams, who passed for nearly 1,000 yards and rushed for nearly 900 yards in just 10 games in 2004, is keeping an open mind when it comes to choosing his final school.
"It's still really early in the process, and I want to see what everyone has to offer before I even think about making a decision. I'm really excited to have both offers and I'm just going to see how everything goes this spring and summer."