Local schools host Williams

No.97 ranked overall prospect in the 2013 class Devin Williams has been on a recent tour of visits within the state of Ohio.

Four-star recruit Devin Williams was courtside for two big games last week. First the Cincinnati (OH) Withrow star made the 100 mile drive northeast to Columbus to check out Ohio State and Duke, and then he made the short drive over to Xavier to see the Musketeers take on Purdue.

So far Williams has numerous offers. Schools like Tennessee, USC, Pittsburgh, Xavier, Illinois, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and several others have all offered Williams. One school that hasn't, but has been showing a lot of interest is Ohio State.

"They are recruiting me very hard," said Williams of the Buckeyes. "They have just told me to maintain my grades and to keep working hard, and that should do it. I know I am competing against other people in my class. I am not worried about that, I just have to keep progressing."

Williams made his first visit of the year to Ohio State for their game against Duke, and the 6-foot-8 power forward was impressed with the atmosphere.

"Being at the game was impressive," explained Williams. "That atmosphere was just a whole different thing. I liked it, I liked it a lot."

A few days later Williams made the trip to Xavier. Williams has been a regular at Xavier games this year, and said the visit to see them take on Purdue was especially impressive for him.

"The atmosphere at Xavier was just like what it was at O-State," Williams said. "I liked it a lot. That was a crazy game. I had to give them a lot of respect. The Xavier program has done a good job and I think I would fit in well there."

Another school that Williams has seen multiple times is Cincinnati. The hometown Bearcats don't seem to be on him as hard as a few other schools, but he still likes what he sees in the program.

"I have been to a few Cincinnati games and they have been fun," said Williams. "I like them. I talk to Coach (George) Jackson a lot and I have spoken to Coach (Mick) Cronin a few times, but they aren't really recruiting me that hard yet."

Before it is all said and done, Williams hopes that he can make some more visits to the other schools recruiting him that might be farther from home.

"Hopefully I can make some more visits before the season really, really gets going," said Williams. "I am really trying to get to Illinois, West Virginia, and Louisville. Also I hope later on that I can get to the West Coast."

Right now Williams is no hurry in his recruitment, he is just enjoying the process and taking it all in.

"It is crazy," said Williams of his recruitment. "Sometimes it is nerve racking, but I know I am blessed to be able to go through it since it is a once in a lifetime thing."


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