The Latest on Kendall Williams

JUCO running back Kendall Williams committed to Iowa State on June 20, but with fall camp around the corner he's still in California. Here's the latest from Williams.

In Iowa State’s quest to add running back depth ahead of the 2015 season, the Cyclones landed a commitment from Butte College (Calif.) JUCO running back Kendall Williams in late June.

Now, with fall camp around the corner Friday, he’s still in California.

Williams said in June he needed to first finish coursework at Butte College, and he confirmed to AllCyclones.com on Wednesday that his pending arrival is still for the same reason.

“I’m still working on the classes,” Williams said Wednesday afternoon. “I have two exams left in each class and those should be finished by the end of the week. So the holdup is really the class and everything.”

The plan for the 6-foot, 215-pound Williams is to finish his exams by Friday or Saturday morning at the latest and then get transcripts sent to Iowa State. That won’t totally solve the holdup as Iowa State also has a waiver in with the NCAA.

“It’s just the whole process with getting the transcripts and everything. That’s the holdup,” Williams said of the process. “[Iowa State is] being patient with me as much as they can. Once they get the transcripts they’re going to start evaluating, get the waiver situated and as soon as that’s accepted I’ll be headed straight to Iowa State.”

Williams, who rushed for 1,156 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013-14 as a freshman at Butte College, missed last season after fracturing his right hip during a preseason scrimmage.

The waiver is the biggest cause for uncertainty, and the main reason Williams’ arrival is still very much pending. The NCAA can be unpredictable in its rulings, and despite Williams’ confidence nothing is a given.

“I don’t know too much about [the waiver]. I just know compliance is handling everything with that with the NCAA,” Williams said. “There was a little miscommunication with my counselor at my junior college as far as what grades I needed and all of that. I had a lot of P.E. classes that I didn’t need on my transcript that my counselor put me in so they’re trying to work on that.”

Whether Williams arrives at Iowa State remains a question, but the JUCO running back is confident and hopeful things might work out.

“I’m really excited about everything,” Williams said. “I’m just really being patient with it, but there’s no uncertainty at all. In my mind I’ll be playing for Iowa State on September 5 when we play Northern Iowa.”

One way or another, the process should play out soon.


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