Williams focused on school, recruiting

Four-star Devin Williams continues to move forward in his recruitment while adjusting to life at a new high school.

There have been a lot of changes for top 100 forward Devin Williams. The Cincinnati native is now at Montverde (Fla.) Academy and set to finish out his high school career on a national stage. The 6-foot-8 forward had a top eight, but now that is down to six schools.

"I was at Cincinnati Withrow last year and it was a state schedule," said Williams of his high school change. "Now I am down here at Montverde and we play a national schedule. Every day since I have been down here it is just work, work, work. I have had about 2-3 workouts per day so it is tough, but I am down here for a reason. I am trying to get prepared for college, and it is a good situation for me."

Recruiting wise, Williams was at eight schools, but he has decided to eliminate Louisville and USC. That leaves Ohio State, UCLA, Xavier, North Carolina State, West Virginia, and Memphis still alive in his recruitment.

In terms of visits, Williams is hoping to begin that process in the next month.

"I'm hopefully going to get out next month and see UCLA, NC State, West Virginia, and Memphis," said Williams. "I am at least going to try and see three schools next month. There are no set dates or anything, but coaches can come down here like September 9. When they can do that we will sit down and try and figure some official visits out."

While out in Los Angeles for the Adidas Nations event, Williams hoped to visit UCLA, but wasn't able to. Still he says the Bruins will get a trip and he is continuing to speak with their coaches.

"Coach (Phil) Mathews, we are always talking," said Williams. "I think they are in China and he is telling me the scores and what they are doing well and what they need to work on. He tells me I would fit well in the system. He keeps telling me that he can't wait until I visit. They are going to be down here to see me as soon as they can."

Williams also hasn't had a chance to visit NC State. However he says he plans to do that and is very interest to see what the Wolfpack have to offer.

"When I go down there I want to see the atmosphere and stuff like that," said Williams. "I know it is a big school with a lot of students. I just want to see the facilities and the classes and things like that. Also I want to meet the players and talk to the coaches to just see if I can picture myself being there for four years. I am going down there to evaluate and look around."

In terms of the two in-state schools on his list, Xavier and Ohio State, Williams knows he can see them whenever he goes home, and remains in close contact with both coaching staffs.

"I didn't get to visit when I was home," said Williams of Ohio State. "I was running around getting ready for Florida, but Coach (Jeff) Boals and I are always communicating. With Coach (Thad) Matta we talk a little bit, and we are trying to build a relationship. It probably won't be next month, but I am trying to get up there as soon as I can."

With Xavier he has been to campus numerous times and has built a strong relationship with the coaches there.

"I didn't get a chance to stop by before I left for Florida, but I talk to Coach (Chris) Mack and Coach (Travis) Steele all the time," said Williams. "I talk to them a lot. They understood I couldn't stop by before I left, but they know when I come home to visit that I can stop by whenever. It is only 10 minutes from my house. They are excited and want me to come in and be an impact player."

For now Williams is committed to his process and doesn't want to put a timetable on a decision.

"I don't know if I am going to sign early or late," said Williams. "I am just focused on my grades and the season. Just whenever I am comfortable and I am ready that is when I will decide. I honestly don't know when that will be."

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