'11 Pennsylvania WR Puts Hawks in Top 3

You hear of a lot of players being recruiting on both sides of the ball. Not many of them get looked at as receivers and linebackers, however. Armstead Williams of Gateway High in Monroeville, Pa. is one of them. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the gifted athlete and his coach to find out the latest on his recruitment.

Plenty of prep players are athletic enough to be recruited at more than one position. However, it's not often that he is looked at as a wide receiver and linebacker at the BCS level.

"It's a testament to how athletic he is," Monroeville, Pa. Gateway High Coach Terry Smith of his Class of 2011 recruit, Armstead Williams. "He can go in the trenches and take on offensive linemen or he can be out on the edge at receiver. He's very athletic and very skillful. He's a physical player as well. He's a quick study and picks up things fast."

Smith said the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Williams is looking at three schools - Iowa, Purdue and Maryland. The first two are recruiting him at receiver and the latter is pursuing him as a linebacker, the coach said.

Williams said that all three schools are on equal footing for his services. Oregon, Colorado, Texas A&M and Nebraska also are recruiting him but have yet to offer.

"Those three schools are showing me the most love and that's why I'm mainly looking at them," Williams said. "I am open to listening to other schools, though."

Williams said he position won‘t factor into his decision.

"As a linebacker, I can come down and fill the holes hard," Williams said. "I have good quick twitch ability. They had me at tight end, but I'm quick enough to play receiver. I have great ball skills and can read a defense.

"I'm an athlete. Put me on the field and I'll produce."

Smith wants his pupil to keep his options open.

"I don't think he has a preference," Smith said of position. "We might have a conversation one day and he tells me he wants to be a linebacker. The next day, he tells me receiver.

"I tell my guys to go into college with an open mind. The coaches there will put you at a position where you'll succeed. If you get too wrapped up on one position, you're setting yourself up for disappointment."

Smith said that he and Williams haven't spent a lot of recent time on recruiting. Gateway just finished up their two-week camp and that has been the focus.

"He was able to narrow it down to the three schools," Smith said. "I'm sure in the next few weeks we'll sit down and set up visits to those schools."

Smith said Williams missed all but the first few days of camp after injuring his groin.

"Our Top 5 players have not practiced much and we have a young team," Smith said.

Wide receivers coach Erik Campbell is recruiting Williams for Iowa.

"We have a relationship from when he was at Michigan," Smith said. "I've known (Florida assistant, former Michigan assistant) Teryl Austin for a long time, too. We're all connected."

Williams said he is trying to set up his visit to Iowa this week.

"Coach Campbell has been busy, but I hope to get it set this week or next," Williams said. "He seems like a real cool, positive guy. He told me he's trying to get the best players to come in and play receiver at Iowa."

The official visits will determine where Williams goes to school.

"I want to get a feel for the campus lifestyle," he said. "I also want to get to know the coaches and see what the game-day experience is like."

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