4-star Williams: Rutgers "Feels ...the Same"

Four-star running back David Williams of West Catholic High (Philadelphia) made an unofficial visit to Rutgers to check out if the program had the same feel under new coach Kyle Flood. Williams spoke to Scout.com about his trip, what he learned and the vibe he received from the new staff.

Four-star running back David Williams of West Catholic High (Philadelphia) has been around the Rutgers program for a while, but he was curious to see if anything was different because of the coaching staff changes.

After spending much of Sunday on an unofficial visit to the Piscataway, N.J., campus, he found his answer.

"I feel like I know the program still," he said. "There really haven't been any big changes to the program. It feels like it is the same. That's a good thing."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Williams is one of the top running backs in the region, and he has been a frequent visitor to the Rutgers campus.

However, this was his first chance to meet with new coach Kyle Flood, who was the Scarlet Knights' offensive line coach, and new Scarlet Knights running back coach Ben Sirmans.

And Williams said it all went well.

"This is my first dealings with (Flood). He's pretty cool," Williams said. "I was sitting in his office and he was telling me what they expect from the program, and they're looking forward to the season.

"I don't know who would recruit my area, but I met with most of the staff. I met with (running back) coach (Ben) Sirmans, and he told me what he was looking for and how he could use me if I went to Rutgers."

The visit event was built around the basketball team hosting No. 2 Syracuse at the Rutgers Athletic Center, but the day, which featured two dozen of the area's best players, began with a late-morning gathering at the football complex.

Williams made the trip with close friend Will Fuller, a receiver/cornerback at Roman Catholic High in Philadelphia. (Fuller also holds a Rutgers offer).

"We went to Hale Center and met other recruits and all the coaches introduced themselves," Williams said. "The coaches were moving around and talking to everybody, and moving around to different tables."

"I talked to Will Fuller a lot."

As a junior, Williams rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns on 230 carries.


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