Williams Excited About Future at CMU

Cornerback LaVarus Williams of Indianapolis Ben Davis High School had a scholarship offer from Indiana University, but once he visited Central Michigan University earlier this month, he quickly made a verbal commitment to the Chippewas. Williams talked about his decision with Chippewas Insider.

There were plenty of fireworks in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on the 4th of July.

The celebration actually got started earlier in the day at Central Michigan University after cornerback Lavarus Williams of Indianapolis Ben Davis High School called CMU assistant coach Mark Elder to verbally commit to the Chippewas.

"I called coach Elder and told him I was ready to commit," said the 6-foot, 190-pound Williams, who's been clocked at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash. "He was real excited."

Elder had been recruiting Williams for CMU. His elation at receiving a verbal commitment from the Indiana standout is understandable, considering Williams is rated among the top 10 players in the Hoosier State and he also had an offer on the table from Indiana University.

Williams said he visited CMU for the first time July 3 and was quickly sold on his future with the defending Mid-American Conference Champions.

"When I got there, it felt like home," Williams said of his first visit to the CMU campus. "I knew by the end of the day, CMU was the place for me. I just love the facilities and the players and coaches are great. When I got home, I called coach Elder to make my commitment."

Ben Davis head coach Mike Kirschner said many people were shocked that Williams committed to CMU over a Big Ten school like Indiana, including the IU coaches.

"LaVarus called me on July 4th and said, 'Coach, I'm done, I'm going to Central Michigan,'" Kirschner said. "The Indiana coaches called me and they were absolutely shocked. I told them it was nothing against IU, LaVarus just liked CMU better.

"LaVarus likes the fact that CMU has had some great success," Kirschner added. "I'm happy for him, he's a great kid."

Kirschner said Williams will play wide receiver and cornerback this season for the Giants. He also noted that Williams ran a 10.7 100 meters this past spring to finish sixth in the state.

"LaVarus has fast feet," Kirschner said of Williams, who will be a three-year varsity starter for the Giants. "I feel like he's really become a football player this year. He looks better now than ever before."

Williams said CMU plans to play him at cornerback and that if he works hard, he could play early.

"This will be my first year playing cornerback," Williams said. "I bring speed, strength and competitiveness to the field of play."

With Williams already committed to CMU, the Chippewas would dearly love to add standout Ben Davis quarterback MarQueis Gray to their 2008 recruiting class. Williams said he will do his best to convince his best friend, Gray, to join him at CMU.

"I've been trying to get him to come with me to CMU," Williams said. "I'll be up there (Sept. 8) for the Toledo game. I think if MarQueis comes to a game with me, there's a chance."

Gray, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the Midwest, holds scholarship offers from CMU, Michigan State, Minnesota and Oregon, among other schools.

"MarQueis is the real deal," Kirschner said of his star quarterback. "He's nearly 6-feet-5, runs close to a 4.55 40 and has a very strong throwing arm."

Williams joins offensive lineman Darren Keyton (6-4, 275) of Traverse City (Mich.) West High School in the Chippewas 2008 recruiting class.

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