Ames Next Stop For Tampa Wideout

After an in-home visit from head coach Dan McCarney and assistant Chris Ash on Tuesday night, the Cyclones could be close to securing a verbal from a talented receiver from the Tampa (Fla.) high school ranks.

Chamberlain High School wideout Brandon Williams says ISU is his clear favorite right now and hopes to be totally sold on the program after a weekend visit to Ames.

"I'd have to say my favorite is Iowa State, because they've been recruiting me the longest," said Williams, a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder with 4.5 speed. "But I still have my options open. I met with Coach (Dan) McCarney and Chris Ash and he had a lot of good things to say about the school, program, city and community."

Williams believes he'll look good in a Cyclone uniform, because of the amount of opportunities wide receivers get in the system.

"Iowa State runs three- and four-receiver sets, so it looks like they're going to spread the ball out a little bit," he said. "From what the coaches have told me, they really want to spread the ball out. They didn't have a great season this year, but I know Iowa State is not going to stay down too long. They're in the Big 12 and have a good program. I'm looking forward to playing big teams in the Big 12."

In addition to the one he received from ISU, Williams is entertaining scholarship offers from Vanderbilt and Akron. Duke and Samford are also in the mix, he says. The talented receiver's schedule appears to be full for the next three weekends.

"I have visits set up for Iowa State, Duke (Jan. 23) and Akron (Jan. 30) right now," he said.

Williams' school of choice will be getting a receiver with skills that far exceed others in his age group.

"Aside from just having raw talent, I might be a little bit ahead of a lot of receivers in high school as far as my fundamentals," Williams said. "My coach really stressed fundamentals and how to break in and out of routes, so I think I have better footwork and understanding of how to run routes and use my hands to catch the ball. Those are probably my biggest strengths."

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