Indiana has added its second running back in this class and the first directly from high school with news today that Potomoc (Md.) The Bullis School running back Devonte Williams has committed to the Hoosiers.
He becomes the 23rd commit for Kevin Wilson and his staff. That current list has 21 players from high school and two transfers from UAB. One of those transfers, Jordan Howard, was one of the top running backs in Division I football last year as a sophomore and will have immediate eligibility.
Williams told AllHoosiers.com in an interview Monday that he is excited to be signing with a team that is so diverse at the running back position. He said all of the running backs have different things they do well.
"I'm more of a scat back while Jordan is a power running back,'' Williams said. "And Tommy (Mister) is a combination of both. I really got to spend a lot of time with the running backs on my official visit and I feel really comfortable with that group.''
In picking IU, Williams flipped his commitment from Marshall to the Hoosiers. He had initially picked Marshall on Nov. 20, 2014. At that time, he chose the Thundering Herd over Buffalo, Hawaii, IU and Temple.
This time, Williams picked the Hoosiers after making an official visit to the Bloomington campus over the weekend. He was in attendance at the IU-Rutgers basketball game. On Sunday, word got out through Twitter that he was “deadlocked” between Indiana and Marshall after his visit.
"That was a crazy atmosphere in there,'' Williams said of the IU-Rutgers hoops game. "I really enjoyed it though. It gave me a feel for how the Indiana fans can be.''
Williams' official visit was his second time on the IU campus. He also visited for the IU Spring Game last year. He said when he came for his official visit he just felt like Indiana was the right fit.
"From the very first time I walked on the Indiana campus I just felt like I was at home,'' Williams said. "And when I stepped on campus this weekend I felt exactly the same way. The Marshall coaching staff did a wonderful job of recruiting me and I thanked them for that but I just felt like Indiana was the place for me.''
He is the second player to commit following an official visit to IU over the weekend. The other is S Jameel Cook from Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point.
Williams is listed as a two-star recruit by Scout.com. He had been a three-star recruit but was downgraded because of his size. He is 5-10, 170 pounds.
"I think I can hold my own at the next level,'' Williams said. "I'm confident in that.''
Williams is the first offensive player to commit to Indiana in this class since Dec. 18 when quarterback Donovan Hale chose the Hoosiers. Since then, the last five commits in the class had been defensive players.
Williams’ commitment leaves IU with 23 total players committed heading to national signing day on Wednesday. The Hoosiers are allowed to sign up to 25 players. There are still several players in the mix going right down to the wire.Cook flips to IU
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