On April 5th, Syracuse became the first school to offer a scholarship to St. Louis Cardinal Ritter rising junior receiver Jameson Williams. The Orange have looked smart for jumping in first since then, as one month later, Williams' offer list now stands at 11.
TCU, Iowa State, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin are among the recent offers to go along with Kentucky, Michigan State, Illinois and more. His recent track results are likely to bring even more attention his way.
"He had not been running the 100-meter dash," said Cardinal Ritter head coach Brandon Gregory, "but he was doing so well in the other events, we thought, let's let him try it and he ran 10.54 his first time and that's after breaking Ezekiel Elliot's record in the 300 the week before."
Gregory said Williams' performance at the United Stars Showcase in Chicago and then at the recent Under Armour All-America Camp in Chicago have helped raise his profile, and folks are seeing his talented prospect at the right time.
"He's a kid that, first and foremost, is a great kid," Gregory said. "We try to promote that in our program, try to get kids to see that if you do right in the classroom, it carries over into te football field and that's what Jameson is a perfect example of. He started off slow as a freshman in
In addition to the schools that have already offered, Iowa, Northwestern, Stanford and Kansas State are also showing interest and inquiring about Williams. Gregory has fielded many more calls in recent weeks, but said Williams is "staying humble and embracing the process."
Gregory is working with Williams and his parents to determine where they will head to this summer for visits and possibly camps, but that schedule has not been set yet.
That will get Williams a good start on what should be a busy recruitment, one which should continue to bring interest from coast to coast.
"The biggest thing about D1 football is speed and he has always had that," Gregory said. "He is a kid still growing into his 6-foot-2 frame and is still a baby. He is excelling in track and with that speed and skill set and still being a pup, there is room for growth on top of what he is already doing. He is a very humble, soft-spoken kid and I know he's embracing it and knows he is still young and there is work to do on the field and in the classroom and none of this would happen without the good work in the classroom."