The relationship between Warren Central (Ind.) senior Eric Williams and current Ball State running back MiQuale Lewis — they are cousins — is what drew Williams to A) commit to Ball State and B) stick with it when larger schools came calling.
"I really liked the comfortability that I had with the school," Williams said. "I asked Quale if he had more offers would he have taken any and he said no because it was nice to be around people that care about you besides playing football for them. They really care about you and that's what I felt when I went to visit BSU."
It's nice to have the influence of the nation's fourth-leading rusher.
Williams took his official visit on December 12. The fact that he was primarily recruited by Eddie Faulkner and Stan Parrish — who are both still on staff — helped Williams keep his commitment as well.
He rushed for 1,715 yards and 22 touchdowns (averaging 131.9 yards per game) this year after splitting time with Jewel Hampton last year.
With the return of Lewis and Corey Sykes, Williams still hopes that he is able to crack the rotation next year.
"I'm hoping to play my freshman year and I'm looking forward to playing and working my butt off," Williams said.
The Ball State recruit, who's a downhill runner, hopes to use his agility at the college level, something he didn't do much of at Warren Central. He's also shown a knack for catching the ball out of the backfield.
"I have pretty good breakaway speed," Williams said. "My agility is something I've never really used but my breakaway speed is pretty good. I like to hit and I'm quick to punish somebody."