Williams Hopes to Get Opportunity

A two-way athlete from the Tampa area makes no secret of where he'd like to be playing football and attending classes next fall. But some things need to happen in order for him to pursue his dream.

Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay's Durrell Williams has a clear-cut favorite, but will need to earn a qualifying test score before he can visit the school of his choice.

"Iowa State, Indiana, Michigan State, Florida Atlantic, Bethune-Cookman, Stetson, and Cincinnati are looking at me," said Williams. "But I really don't want to go to the other schools; I just want to go to Iowa State. They offer me the best opportunity.

"They told me that I could start out on special teams and try me out at other positions. They were going to give me a full scholarship, and the only thing I have to do is pass the ACT or SAT. I'm waiting right now to get my test scores back."

Williams would likely get a look at cornerback in Ames, given the Cyclones' lack of depth at the position. Most of his work as a senior was done on the offensive side of the ball, however. Williams rushed for 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns at running back. He added 56 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder hosted ISU assistant coach Chris Ash on an in-home visit earlier this week, and liked what his recruiter had to say.

"Coach Ash came to my dad's house and visited on Tuesday night," Williams said. "He told me that the coaches discussed everything, saw me on film, and really like me. They just want me to come up there and see if I like it. They're anxious to have me up there."

Williams watched the Cyclones in their bowl game and liked what he saw.

"I watched them against Miami of Ohio," he said. "I think Iowa State is a good football team and I would love to come to their school. They were telling me about the campus and how the players are. Everything was smooth."

If he gets a qualifying test score, Williams could be on campus as soon as next weekend. But it can't be soon enough, he says.

He finished his senior season with first-team all-county mention on a team that finished 7-2 overall.

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