Williams Has One Visit Set, Others Coming

PHILADELPHIA -- Imhotep Charter four-star running back began his senior season by scoring three touchdowns and averaging nearly 12 yards a carry Friday against Strath Haven (Pa.) High, and he then told FOXSportsNEXT one official visit is set and others are coming.

PHILADELPHIA – David Williams is at a new school, but is the same type of four-star running back with a wealth of options in front of him.

Following Imhotep Charter's season-opening 68-13 drubbing of Strath Haven (Pa.) High on Friday, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Williams said his first official visit is set and several other schools remain in contention for visits.

Williams will officially visit Arizona State for its Sept. 8 game against Illinois. He said he continues to consider Wisconsin, Nebraska, Tennessee, Ohio State and South Carolina as well, and he still speaks to Penn State and is in the process of evaluating the Nittany Lions' situation.

"I'm going to ASU, but I haven't planned another," Williams said after rushing for 119 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. "I'll probably take others later on because our schedule does not mesh with a lot of others."

The rationale behind Williams visiting Arizona State is the combination of Imhotep playing this Thursday against Communications Tech in Philadelphia, which will allow him to not miss practice time, and being able to travel a far distance early in the process.

Imhotep's next bye is scheduled for Oct. 1, and Williams could make another visit then, but he discussed why he is visiting Arizona State.

"It's the coaching staff," he said. "I've been connecting with that coaching staff since I was a sophomore and they were at Pitt. I have a good relationship with them."

But it is a pair of SEC programs Williams talks with the most.

"South Carolina, I talk to them faithfully," Williams said. "I talk to Tennessee a lot. Wisconsin hits me up on the internet. I have a good relationship with all of them."

Williams began his weekend watching South Carolina beat Vanderbilt.

"It was kind of crazy," he said. "When (quarterback Connor) Shaw went down, I was like, ‘Ohh.' I pay attention to how they use Lattimore, how they use him in space, how they send him out to catch the ball, how he blocks. I was rooting for them."

Williams' main contact at Tennessee is assistant coach Jay Graham.

"I talk to coach Graham, the running backs coach," Williams said. "He was at South Carolina, so it's crazy. We've been building a relationship. I'm stilling thinking about when I'm going out there, but I'm definitely going out there."

Another weekly phone conversation is with Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock.

"I talk to coach Hammond every week," Williams said. "I plan on visiting there during or after the season. I love the running back tradition they have at Wisconsin."

Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner recruited Williams for Notre Dame last season, and now is making his pitch for the Buckeyes.

"I talked to coach Warinner and coach (Urban) Meyer and they were saying how they couldn't wait to get me there," Williams said. "I want to take an official there as well. I talk to all the staff there."

The other program in question is Penn State, where the NCAA levied harsh sanctions, including a four-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions. Imhotep coach Albie Crosby said Williams has a strong relationship with running backs coach Charles London, adding "he could still take an official visit there. He likes the staff a lot."

Williams acknowledged it was possible.

"It's a question mark (with the sanction) so I'm not sure (about a visit)," he said.


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