Indiana After One of Nation's Best Linemen

The St. Louis area is an area that the IU coaching staff has hit hard this recruiting season, and they've targeted one of the area's best in offensive lineman Keith Williams

The offensive line being a top priority in this year's football recruiting class, and Indiana has targeted one of the nation's best to fill one of those needs along the frontline.

That quest has taken Indiana to Missouri where 6-7, 315-pound Keith Williams resides. Williams, a two-way player from McCluer North High School in Florissant, Mo., is one of a handful of linemen in the class of 2006 Indiana has offered this summer. The only problem is Williams is on the radar of many teams right now, almost too many for him to remember.

"I can name a few but I can't name them all off the top of my head," said Williams. "Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, Mizzou and Indiana are on top right now but I don't have any favorites yet. I don't think I'll make a choice until I start basketball season."

Williams started on both sides of the ball last season and was named All-Conference on both offense and defense and All-Metro and All-State on offense. He also consistently runs a 5.0 in the 40-yard dash and as a junior he recorded 51 tackles and a sack for McCluer North, which went 10-2 and lost in the state title game to Raymore-Peculiar.

"I can play offense and defense," said Williams. "But I'm being recruited on the offensive side of the ball. I don't mind giving up defense to play on the next level. On offense I'm a balanced lineman. I like to block no matter what the play is, I want to hit my block."

Indiana offered the offensive tackle shortly after his team visited the Indiana team camp during the summer and both parties walked away with a good impression.

"I met the Indiana coaches because we had a team camp down at Indiana and it worked out pretty good," said Williams. "They were nice coaches. I liked the offense line coach (Bobby Johnson) a lot. I liked the camp a lot. I like the facilities and I thought I worked out well while I was there."

Williams obviously worked out well to garner the scholarship offer, and now must decide on what school he likes the best. While he is yet to narrow down the schools, he does know what he is looking for.

"I want to go somewhere I know I can make a difference and I want to go to a winning program," said Williams. "I want to go somewhere I can get a good education, make a difference on the field and have a chance to play early in my career. I have an interest in all the schools that offered me so far, but you can only go to one."

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