It all starts with the offensive line and Indiana is well on its way to bringing in the front five of the future, a group to help rebuild the Hoosiers program. Indiana Head Coach Terry Hoeppner has already received six commitments on the offensive line, but he is not stopping there.
Among the biggest and best being recruited by the Indiana staff is Keith Williams, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound lineman from Florissant (Mo.) McCluer North and a three-star recruit according to Scout.com. He made his second official visit last weekend, coming to Bloomington last Friday. The big man said he liked what he saw.
"It was great," said Williams. "They provided me with a lot of information about the education I can get from their school and that really impressed me. It gave me a new outlook on Indiana. That's all I was worried about because they already told me I would have an opportunity to come in and not necessarily start but fight for a position. I really like that."
While on his visit Williams saw all Indiana had to offer as well as learn what would be asked of him if he became the seventh offensive lineman to commit to the Hoosiers for the Class of 2006.
"They had good facilities and they told me how they're planning on building new facilities, ones that if I did go there would be ready by my sophomore year," said Williams. "That's always a plus.
"I know all the coaches now and I got to sit down and talk with Coach Hoeppner. That was nice, we basically sat down and talked about what I liked and didn't like. We just talked man-to-man."
It was not the first time Williams met Hoeppner or any of his coaching staff. If anything, the trip was a chance to catch up and talk face-to-face instead of over the telephone wire.
"Hoeppner is a great man," said Williams. "I met him when I was there in the summer for football (team) camp and he reaffirmed that fact when I spoke to him last week. I like all the coaches I've met there. Me and (quarterbacks) Coach Matt Canada have a bond. I talk to him all the time."
The trip was the second for Williams who also visited Minnesota earlier this month. As of now he is planning on making four trips – which suggests his list may have just narrowed to only four schools, although he will not list favorites.
"I enjoyed my trips to Indiana and Minnesota," said Williams. "Those teams are neck-and-neck but I still have more visits to make and I'm not putting one school in front of any others just yet. I'm going to Nebraska next week. I still need to call Michigan State and set up a visit with them. After that, my fifth visit I really don't care if I take at all, to tell you the truth. But it's still there in case someone strikes my interest."
Along with Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan State and Nebraska, Williams is also being heavily recruited by Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State.
Williams has about six weeks to make a decision if his plans on signing on Feb. 1, and he is not afraid to take every second he has to make a decision.
"I'm thinking about the third week of January I'm going to set down by myself and look over each school," said Williams. "I'll have two weeks to decide who is right for me, but I hope to have it one week before the February 1st signing day."
During his official visit to Indiana Williams took the time to get to know what could someday be his teammates at Indiana by talking to as many current Hoosiers as possible. He came away impressed by their loyalty to Hoeppner.
"I met the entire offensive line, redshirt freshmen that play defense, I met everyone," said Williams. "They seemed really cool, down to earth. They told me the ins-and-outs of playing for Coach Hoeppner and his staff. They really like playing for him and that really impressed me.
"They told me about the excitement from this season and how people are responding to Indiana football. But what impressed me most was how many of the young guys told me about the big schools they turned down because they really wanted to be at Indiana and turn the program around. That's really tells you a lot about a team. If we all get together we can turn Indiana around, I'll telling you."
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