Williams pleasantly surprised with ASU visit

By his own admission David Williams said Arizona State was a "last minute" scheduled official visit for him. Nonetheless, judging by the words of this four-star running back his first official recruiting trip was certainly worthwhile. Upon his return home to Philadelphia Devils Digest caught up with the Imhotep Institute standout to discuss his weekend in Tempe.

"I loved it out there and how it was so different than the West Coast," Williams said. "I really didn't think it would be this nice. I thought I was going to see a lot of cactuses and I saw palm trees all over. It was quiet during the day but very lively at night. It was just a fresh atmosphere. I came alone and when I first got there I had lunch with Coach Graham, and then I went on a school tour.

"I hung out with the players hosting me, Karl Holmes and D.J. Foster. They told me how last year the team didn't have any discipline and this year they know everybody is on the same page and focused. They said Coach Graham is really making a difference in all of that stuff and that is something that appeals to me."

Williams naturally attended Arizona State's game versus Illinois, and from a running back perspective he enjoyed seeing the offensive explosion from the Sun Devils in the 45-14 win.

"I liked how fast the offense was," Williams described, "and that's why the defense was so tired and they were able to dominate. I also liked how they used the running backs a lot of different ways.

"My favorite part of the visit was seeing the game atmosphere and how dedicated the fans are to the football team. They were very passionate."

As a junior the 6-1 185-pound David Williams rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns on 230 carries, and is ranked by Scout.com no. 18 among all 2013 class running backs.

"The (ASU) coaches said that they like my versatility," Williams commented. "I can catch from the backfield, I have breakaway speed (reported a 40-time of 4.42 seconds) and juke but also can lower the boom.

"The coaches say that I would really fit in this offense."

Williams has known ASU's Offensive Coordinator Mike Norvell while Norvell was coaching at Pittsburgh, and the running back as been recruited by Norvell as well as Running Backs coach Larry Porter.

"I like how calm, cool and collected he is," Williams said of Porter. "He's not a screamer and it seems like nothing can ever get to him. I like that."

Williams named a short list of six schools that includes ASU, as well as Wisconsin, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio State and Nebraska.

"These are the schools I'm thinking about taking official visits to," Williams said. "But I don't have dates yet for those visits. I know I want to take all five visits, sit down for a week or two with my family to discuss everything and then come out with my decision.

"I'm looking for the school I feel the most comfortable with, where I get along the best with the people there. I want to get away from home and all the schools I'm looking at are not close to home anyway."

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