Top Rush End's First Visit to ISU

One of the top rush defensive ends on Iowa State's list will be coming to Ames this weekend for the first of his four scheduled official visits.

The Cyclones are set to entertain Houston (Texas) Lamar defender John Williams, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder that runs a 4.7 40 time racked up 50 tackles and 15 sacks despite missing the first three games of his senior season with a groin injury.

"This will be my first official visit and I'm looking forward to seeing the how the school and educational process is, as well as how the team and players are," said Williams, who set a visit to ISU a few weeks ago. "I want to see if I feel at home. I want to see if I'll have the opportunity to start and how the depth chart looks."

Williams estimates he has eight or nine scholarship offers, but that he is seriously ISU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, UCLA and Texas A&M. He has no front-runners among the bunch.

"I'm very much excited about (my recruitment) right now," he said. "I just want to know where I'm going to be next year. I'm very much open and don't really have any favorites right now."

Williams has set official visits to Texas A&M (Dec. 13-14); Oklahoma (Dec. 20-21) and UCLA (Jan. 17-18). He will honor his commitment to take a visit to College Station, but says that the Aggies' lack of a coach has somewhat effected his outlook.

"Honestly it has changed, but only a little" he said. "Texas A&M is a very good school and team. Without the coach, it's still going to remain like it's been."

Regardless of where Williams ends up, he figures to make an immediate impact as a rush end. Figuring the Cyclones are losing Beau Coleman this year and Tyson Smith after 2003, Williams would get the shot to compete at ISU right away.

"I like to coming off the end real strongly and aggressively and sacking the quarterback," he said. "I love sacking the quarterback. I think I'm the fastest of any defensive end that's playing football right now. I'm going to keep working on that. I can also stop the run in addition to the pass."

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