Tight end Zach Williams has picked up nearly 20 offers, but it is the one from IU that is special for him because it was his first from a Power Five school. Peegs.com spoke to the 6-foot-3, 210-pound standout from Alpharetta (GA) Johns Creek H.S. about his recruiting and his interest in the Hoosiers.
Williams has been hearing from IU offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, and he said they have developed a good connection.
“Coach DeBord has been recruiting me hard,” he said. “We communicate on a daily basis, and he calls me as much as he can. I think we have a good relationship.”
The Georgia native said that the Indiana assistant coach sees him as a tight end that can play out wide and also with his hand on the ground.
“He thinks I could be a big receiving threat at tight end for them, but he believes I could also play with my hand on the ground too,” Williams said about the message from Coach DeBord. “He sees me as a hybrid type tight end.”
Williams will be making a trip up to Bloomington this summer to get a closer look at the Indiana program.
“I plan on visiting Indiana this summer,” he said. “I want to get a feel for the people and the atmosphere there.”
When it comes to his decision the athletic tight end said academics and the opportunity to be a contributor as a player will be big factors for him.
“Education will be important for me,” Williams said. “I want to major in business and I know Indiana has one of the top business schools in the nation. I am also looking for a place where I will have a chance to play, and where I will be able to compete at a high level. Location isn’t a big deal for me.”
This spring Williams has been working more on his route-running and pass-catching skills because he is going to be used more as a receiver this fall.
“I am working on running better routes because this year I will be playing more out wide and Tommy (Tremble) will be doing more of the hand on the ground stuff,” he said. “I will do both, but I will be split out wide more than I will be playing with my hand on the ground.”
Williams currently has offers from Indiana, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Akron, Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama, Tulane, UNLV, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Cornell and Dartmouth. He said the Hoosiers will always be one of his top choices.
“I am starting to focus on a certain number of schools and Indiana is definitely one of them,” Williams said. “Even if I get more offers after the spring, they will stay near the top for me because they were the first Power Five school to offer me.”