Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School running back Demetrius Williams made the trip from South Carolina to Illinois with his teammate Zeph Grimes and coach Kevin Crosby. It was his first college visit, and it was a memorable one.
"I had fun. I spent time with Walter Aikens, and he showed me around. I went to the practice, and I enjoyed it. I just had a good time."
Williams explained what he liked best about Illinois.
"I felt like I was at home even though I'm a long way from home. That's what I like."
The 5'-10", 175 pounder is a two-way player, but he has a preference.
"I play running back and defensive back. I like running back more."
After gaining 1600 yards as a freshman, he improved on his statistics as a sophomore.
"I rushed for over 1800 yards. I had 25 touchdowns. I did pretty good on defense, but offense was the main thing."
With Williams and Grimes as a starting point, Bamberg-Ehrhardt should field a quality football team again this fall after going 10-2 in 2009.
"We're gonna be good. We still have a lot of work to do in the off season to prepare ourselves for the regular season."
Even though he is an upcoming junior, 2010 will be his last season in South Carolina. According to Coach Crosby, he was pushed back a year in 6th grade after transferring schools. So he will attend a prep school as a senior, possibly Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.
While the Illini must wait two years for Williams's decision, he makes no secret of his interest. He is even willing to adapt to weather changes.
"When I first got here, it was kind of cold. Down South, it's real hot. It's something I've got to get used to. But I probably will because I really enjoyed myself."
To emphasize his feelings, he repeated himself.
"I really did enjoy myself."