With the September contact period underway, Missouri offensive lineman Keith Williams seems like the most popular kid on the block.
The 6-7, 315-pound standout from McCluer North H.S. in Florissant, Mo., has eight scholarship offers and he has heard from all eight since the contact period opened up.
"Everyone has called to catch up," said Williams. "They want to know how my season is going and how I'm playing. I've talked to Coach (Matt) Canada and Coach (Bobby) Johnson from Indiana already this month."
Williams is one of the most heavily recruited players from the St. Louis area. Once a 340-pound high school freshman who was out of shape, he's since shed much of the fat and added plenty of muscle in its place. He combines that with excellent footwork for a player his size and explosiveness off the ball. While most see his size and assume he'll play offensive tackle in college, he's played guard in high school as well.
Williams is an especially attractive target for the Indiana Hoosiers after they signed no offensive linemen in Coach Terry Hoeppner's first recruiting class. However, Williams plans to take his time and make the right decision.
"I still haven't narrowed down my list yet," said Williams. "If anyone has given me an offer, they are still on my list. Now I'm just trying to figure out where I want to take my visits.
"I'm going to narrow that down by the end of my season so come December I can take all my visits. I'm going take all my visits before I make a decision. I haven't scheduled any visits yet. Hopefully in the next two weeks I can start setting those up."
Williams has offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State and Minnesota and is a three-star prospect from a McCluer North H.S. program that finished second in the state playoffs a year ago.
"Our goal every year is to get to state," said Williams. "I'm pretty confident by the way we've been playing that we can do it. It's my senior year. I'm not taking nothing from no one."
So far this season, McCluer North is 2-0 and Williams has seen action on the offensive and defensive lines.
"I've been playing both side of the ball," said Williams. "But I've been playing mostly offense. I'm not getting quite as many minutes on defense. I'm more focused on offense right now because that's where I'm going to be playing in college.
"We have our third game this week and we already won our first two games. The first game was a blowout and the second one you might as well call a blowout."
Williams Now Has Eight Offers
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