Last week, one half of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's dynamic duo, Blaine Irby, made his college choice announcing for Texas. How close is defensive back Michael Williams to making his decision?
Williams, 5-11, 185 pounds is one of the nation's top defensive back prospects with the ability to play safety or corner in college. He's a tremendous athlete with all the physical tools and a great work ethic to boot. Although Williams may have corner size, we feel he projects best as a safety and feel only Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Marshall Jones is a better safety prospect in the West region.
Despite a slightly sprained ankle, Williams still came out to the NIKE Camp at USC back in April and had a great workout. The athlete clocked a 4.67-40, 4.22 shuttle, jumped a camp best 39 inches in the vertical and did 22 reps on the bench. He also stood out in the position drills despite being hobbled by the ankle.
Just a few months ago, it looked like a foregone conclusion that Williams was headed to Notre Dame and that could still be the case. In fact, we expected a commitment from Williams sometime in May but it now looks like he'll go through the process a little more.
"When Charlie Weis came to visit the school in May, I fully expected Michael to commit on the spot," Seraph coach Jon Mack said. "I was surprised he didn't and really, the main reason is Ron English at Michigan. Michael just loves the guy and Ron has done a great job recruiting Michael. I think now, those two schools are running about neck and neck and Cal and Oregon have also jumped in to the picture.
"As of now, Michael said he wants to take his time with the process and maybe even take a few official visits. Obviously things can change but for now, Michael is in no hurry and I told him not to rush it and that it was still early in the process."