Bloomington – Versatility is one of themes of IU's rapidly developing recruiting class, and recent pledge Brian Williams fits the bill.
The 6'1", 175-pounder from Peachtree Ridge H.S. in Suwanee, Ga., plays both cornerback and wide receiver on his high school team, and he squeezes in some free safety as well on certain occasions. Indiana appears to be looking at him as a better fit at cornerback, although Williams said playing a little offense has been discussed as well.
"I don't really know where I'll end up – I think I could play either (secondary) spot," Williams said.
His position might be a little up in the air, but his college location is not. Williams verballed to Indiana on Friday, calling the IU staff on his way back home following a Thursday visit to the Bloomington campus. He was joined by his father and grandmother on the Indiana visit, and then called his mom to get her approval before letting the IU staff know of his decision.
"I've been thinking about it for a while," said Williams. "I just wanted to see it first and I liked it a lot. Once I saw everything I wanted to commit."
Williams was also considering an offer from Ohio, and he was getting plenty of interest from Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech as well. But those two programs wanted to wait until his senior season got underway before deciding on an offer, and Williams wasn't looking to drag the process out for another couple of months.
"I talked to my coaches over the summer, and they said it's a good idea to get it done," Williams said.
It's done, and Williams is now one of 19 players who have verballed to the Hoosiers. He is the third cornerback to verbal to IU, joining Cincinnati's Cameron Cole and standout JUCO prospect Andre Kates.
Williams helped Peachtree Ridge to a 12-3 mark a year ago and a runner-up finish in the Georgia Class AAAAA playoffs. He totaled 30 tackles, five interceptions and six passes broken up and returned one interception for a touchdown.
He'll now bring those skills to IU, where he'll look to help shore up a Hoosier secondary that will lose three starters to graduation at season's end.
"They like how I'm fast and that I can make plays," Williams said. "They think I fit in pretty good. They like how I'm tall and think that will be a big plus."
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