Williams yearns to be a Sun Devil

Academics forced Damien Williams to take the junior college route, but the San Diego running back has never forgotten about his original destination. The Arizona Western standout was part of ASU's 2010 recruiting class and these days would love nothing else than to be a member of the Sun Devils' 2012 recruiting class.

In his senior year with Mira Mesa High School, the 6-1 207-pound Damien Williams posted the third highest rushing yards total in the San Diego area with 2,287. He averaged 9.9 yards a carry and scored 24 touchdowns that season for the Marauders.

The family atmosphere and camaraderie during his official visit to Tempe led to his pledge with Arizona State. While his college plans took the aforementioned detour he always had his sights set on the Sun Devils and the feeling according to Williams has been mutual.

"I talked to coach Bryce (Erickson) all the time," said Williams. "I call him after every game telling him how I'm doing. They are excited to hear how I'm doing and that gets me even more excited. I can't get wait to get back to Arizona State. I really wanted to go there out of high school and it would be my dream to go after I'm done at Arizona Western.

"They are waiting to see how I'm doing with my academics and if they offer me I would love to go back there. That's really my plan – to go up the road and be a Sun Devil."

Williams added that aside from Arizona State, Oregon State has showed some interest in him.

In his freshman year for the Matadors, Williams rushed for 723 yards and 10 touchdowns, mainly in a backup role. Thus far Arizona Western is undefeated and through seven games Williams has collected 1,185 yards on 133 carries and posted 18 touchdowns.

Consequently, Williams feels that if he did land in Tempe that he could also find success at the next level.

"Arizona State likes my size and said that I can make an impact right away," Williams commented. "I'm a fast and explosive running back that has good vision that can take on offensive lineman and linebackers. Because I'm so big I need to work on my pad level so I can really use the size to my advantage."

Williams is scheduled to graduate in May and is individually is obviously enjoying a stellar season, as well as cherishing in his team's success as they battle for the Junior College national championship. Becoming a Sun Devil would certainly be the perfect ending for what has been so far a dream year for the running back.

"That's my mindset – to go to Arizona State," Williams stated. "I've been following them all season and I like what they are doing. They are an explosive offense and I like their running back (Cameron Marshall) and see all the different things that he's doing. He does stuff that I know I would be expected to do at Arizona State. That's something I look up to and it's something I know I can do once I get there.

"I'm just playing football now and getting my grades up. If they put an offer on the table and they want me to be there, then I will be there. When they're ready, I'm ready."


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