Williams taking his time

Donte Williams is one of the top running backs in the 2014 class. Williams has continued to add scholarship offers, but is taking his time with the recruiting process.

Expectations for Hillside's football team are always high. Although the Hornets finished with an 8-3 record in 2012, junior running back Donte Williams thought his team had a good season.

"I felt like we did pretty well," Williams said. "We could have gone all the way, but we just missed too many assignments. Overall, the season was pretty good, though."

Individually, Williams felt like he performed well.

"I thought I stepped up big-time when Khris (Francis) got hurt," he said. "I felt like I carried the load, but I just wish we could have gone all the way."

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound running back has continued to pick up offers.

"My coach told me I have 16 now," said Williams. "I know one of the most recent ones was Notre Dame."

"The schools that have been sending me the most mail are Georgia, LSU, Duke (offer), and North Carolina (offer)."

Williams previously had a top three in alphabetical order of Clemson, Florida, and Ohio State. Now, Notre Dame is inching closer to that group.

"They came to the school last semester," Williams said. "When I talked to them, they told me that they have a 100 percent African-American graduation rate – that really stood out to me. They also really feed the ball to their running backs. I'm going to try to visit."

Over the next several weeks, Williams said could possibly take a few trips.

"I think I might go to junior day at Clemson with Trevion (Thompson) on February 2," he said. "I also might go to some junior days in the area – (North) Carolina and N.C. State."

Williams said he would like have his top five by the summertime and that his decision would likely come on Signing Day.

"I'm going to wait and take as much time as I can," he said. "I'm not really going to stress about it until it's down to the last minute because I'm really focused on my schoolwork."

As a junior, Williams rushed for 750 yards and six touchdowns.

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