OT Williams Visited Illini

Illinois will be rounding out their 2016 football recruiting class in the next month leading up to signing day, and one prospect they are targeting from the south recently visited and talks about his plans moving forward.

Bessemer (AL) Bessemer Academy OT Mike Williams spent most of his high school career as an under-the-radar recruit, not garnering much high-level recruiting interest until recently.  But the 6'5", 290 pound Williams had a strong senior season, which concluded with a state title, and he has caught the eye of several Division 1 programs.

One of those programs is Illinois, who offered Williams back in November and recently hosted him for a visit.

"I really liked how close the team was," Williams said.  "The campus was so beautiful."

Williams said that in addition to his Illinois visit, he will visit two other Florida-area schools this month.

"I've already taken (an official visit) to Illinois," he said.  "I have Samford set up for the 9th and then UCF set up for the 22nd."

Williams is still seeing interest come in, recently receiving an offer from Rutgers, also of the Big Ten.  But right now, Williams said that the three schools he plans to visit have been the three in  most frequent contact with he and his family.

"Illinois, Samford, and UCF have been contacting me the most lately," Williams said.  "Samford has been on me the longest, but I'm looking at all three."

The Scouting Report:

Williams added weight since his junior season, filling out his 6'5" frame.  He's a road-grader type tackle who loves to finish his blocks.  He seems more comfortable in run-blocking situations than he does in pass-blocking against a quicker edge rusher.  His kick step needs improvement, but when he engages a defender, he often pancakes his opponent.

At the next level, Williams likely projects to either a left guard or right tackle position, more likely the former than the latter.  Illinois has landed some athletic tackle prospects, but Williams would give them a solid interior run blocker that they have lacked the past few years.


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