BCI Talks With New Bearcat Darrin Williams

The recruiting momentum continues to build for the Bearcat football squad when Cincinnati received yet another verbal commitment from a prospect today (Tuesday). Bearcat Insider has the latest on this Detroit speedster.

Brian Kelly and his staff continue to build for the future when the Bearcat football program received yet another verbal commitment this week. The newest Bearcat is Darrin Williams of Martin Luther High School in Detroit, Michigan. Williams is a 5' 6"/175 pound running back with 4.3 speed.

The speedy scatback talked about his 2006 season. "I had about 1,200 yards rushing and 1,900 all-purpose."

Only three schools had made scholarship offers, but Darrin said he was getting a lot of serious interest from other BCS schools. "West Virginia, Michigan and Michigan State were all recruiting me, but Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Howard made offers." Williams made the call to Coach Kelly despite never visiting the UC campus. "I haven't visited the campus yet, but I like the coaches that are there."

Cincinnati's coaches have shown serious early interest in Darrin, and that helped UC secure this spring verbal commitment. "There coaches have been looking at me since my freshman year." The Bearcat apparently pulled the trigger on making an offer over a month ago. "The other schools are waiting around to make an offer, and I think I can be that diamond in the rough for Cincinnati." Coach Ernest Jones and Coach Keith Gilmore have been primarily responsible for Williams' recruitment.

Williams described himself. "I'm shifty and hard to tackle. If I get into the open, you can say good-bye." Darrin also ran track at Martin Luther King High School and said he posted a 10.4 second 100 meters this spring before suffering a hamstring injury that prevented him from running in the state meet. "I won the city championships. That's when I ran the 10.4."

Playing in Coach Kelly's offense was also attractive to Darrin. "I like the offense since you don't need to be a big back. It's the kind of offense where a guy like me can break the big one and get the home run. I think this offense fits me the best."

Darrin looks to have his academics in order too. "I have a 3.0 GPA and already got a 20 on the ACT." Darrin wants to major in either business management or sports medicine at UC."

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