It's been a tough two years for Pickerington (OH Central DT Antwan Williams.
The 6-0 300 DT has missed the majority of the past two seasons - key seasons for recruiting purposes - with injuries. First, a broken leg ended his sophomore season early. Then a torn MCL and Meniscus in his knee ended his junior campaign. Despite these setbacks, Williams continues to work hard and maintains hope that performing strongly in summer camps will lead to scholarship opportunities.
On Tuesday, Williams hopes the first step of that process went as planned with a visit to Ball State.
"(Ball State) Coach (Keith) McKenzie is very excited about me coming up to Muncie more and getting to camps," Williams said. "And I'm excited to see that coaching staff take Ball State to a new level."
Spending so much time away from competition has been difficult for Williams, in fact, he ballooned up to 340 pounds. But he has turned the negatives into positives and continues to work hard to be ready for what he hopes is a stellar and injury free senior campaign.
"I've been in physical therapy and both off my legs feel great. Better than I can ever remember," Williams said. "I've started to lose weight and get faster and stronger this off season. Many schools still keep me in mind because of my camp performance and Ball State is definitely one of the schools I'm working to get my first offer from, which a couple schools show interest, but out of all my visits Ball State has made me the most excited."
With two massive injuries in two seasons, one would think Williams would be a little gun shy, but that is certainly not the case. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
"I wake up every day and bust my tail because I know what I can do and I never wanna let that talent be wasted," Williams said. "I always want to wake up and be better every day. I know if I just keep working, I will be able to see a big smile from my parents and making them proud is my motivation for everyday."
With a work ethic and drive like his, there is no doubt that Williams will see those offers come in soon.