Fla. Prep Wants to Fill Void as ISU Freshman

Certainly two of the stories of Iowa State's signing class of 2005 will be the influx of Florida recruits and the focus on adding depth to a depleted secondary. One of the recruits that fits into both those story lines is Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay cornerback Durrell Williams.

Williams originally committed to the Cyclones last month after taking an official visit to Ames the weekend of Jan. 14. With ISU's lack of depth in the defensive backfield, Williams is hopeful he can make an immediate impact in Ames.

"They need a cornerback bad, and I've got a real good chance to start out there," said Durrell Williams. "They say I have good feet and am very quick. I can change directions very quickly. The only thing they said was that I need to get in the weight room when I got there."

Williams weighs in at about 170 pounds right now and has the summer to reach the requested 190.

Either way, Williams is anxious to become a Cyclone on Wednesday when he signs on the dotted line.

"I didn't want to go to a college that didn't need me, and Iowa State was looking for the skills that I had," he said. "They want me to come in and play. That's the reason I really chose them.

"Plus, I liked everything about my visit. They really treated us well and had a good facility. The campus was real good and they are getting some new facilities, including an education center. It's not going to be too easy, but it's not going to be too hard."

Williams also had offers from Pittsburgh and Illinois, in addition to recruiting interest from Michigan State and Indiana.


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