Visit puts ASU back in the race for Williams

The coaching change in Tempe prompted Damien Williams to rescind his pledge from Arizona State, but after his visit to the Sun Devils the Arizona Western Junior College running back is once again giving his original school of choice strong consideration.

"It went well, I liked the visit," Williams said. "I visited there before when I committed to them out of high school so nothing was really new to me. I was hosted by Kyle Middlebrooks and I had a good time hanging out with him. The players told me about the changes and how they like the new coaches.

"I really got along with the (ASU) coaches and they seem very experienced. I'm liking the new staff as much as I liked the old staff. They told me that when they saw my highlight film they knew that I could fit into their scheme very well. They were excited to have me visit there and they showed me how much they wanted me to be part of the team."

Even though Tempe's sights were generally familiar to Williams, there was one aspect of his visit that did make a deep impression on him.

"I really liked the strength and conditioning coach," Williams commented. "He's also new to the school and even though he was working the players hard when I was there, you can tell how much he cares about the players.

"I know that if I went there I would really get good workouts that would help me be a better player."

It was probably no surprise why the Sun Devil staff was so eager to land the 6-2 207-pound Damien Williams. The Arizona Western running back led the nation's junior college ranks in 2011 with 1,931 yards and 26 touchdowns.

"The (Arizona State) coaches said I can block, I can run the ball well," Williams described, "I can catch from the backfield…they like how versatile I am and how I can spread things around. I'm not just of those running backs that all I can do is line up behind the quarterback."

Williams visited Arkansas last month, and has trips scheduled to Oklahoma on the 20th and Texas Tech on the 27th. The running back did acknowledge that his official trip to the Sun Devils puts them in a good position among his various suitors.

"I honestly have to say that I like ASU more now than I did last week," Williams stated. "Now that I got to meet the new coaches I like the school more than before. I'm planning to take all my visits so I get to meet all the coaches and see how I feel about all of them. I want to check all of them out and see where I could be playing for and just see how it all turns out.

"I want to go to a school that first of all I can fit in with my teammates. If you don't feel that bond, you can't play at that school. I also want a good relationship with the coaches. I only have two years left and I have a lot of things to look at before I make my decision."

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