Iowa has already snagged one Allen (TX) Eagle, why not grab another?
2011 linebacker Melvin Spears committed to Iowa in early October, stating he had never seen another football atmosphere like it. Now it appears, the Hawkeyes have targeted another one of Spears' teammates, this time in 2012 running back Jonathan Williams.
"When they came down to see Melvin, they probably saw me as well. It's a pretty good school. He told me that he liked it a lot when he went up there and visited. I'm pretty sure it's pretty nice there," said Williams. "I haven't really narrowed it down yet, but Iowa will be a program that I would consider if major interest from them is there."
Williams does not have any offers in the bag yet, but his play on the field should warrant schools to take notice very quickly. He is currently 3rd in Texas class 5A rushing, with 1535 yards on 199 carries. He has found the end zone 14 times.
"I have been pretty happy with the way I have run the ball, but most importantly we have been winning, so I'm always going to be happy when we win," said Williams.
Winning is not an uncommon thing for Allen. The Eagles are 33-4 in the last three years, winning a Texas 5A state title in 2008. Currently, Allen is ranked 12th in the state with a 8-1 record heading into the last game before postseason. The Eagles were undefeated until last week, when they lost 35-28 nail-bitter to Hebron.
"We just have to take it one game at a time. We didn't do that last week against Hebron. They are a really talented team and we paid the price for it. We just went back to practice this week and are working hard," said Williams. "This is a big game for us with momentum heading into the playoffs. We want to be playing our best football. It's state title or bust for us. After winning one a couple years ago, this team is hungry for another."
College recruiters take major notice of the Texas state playoffs. With a couple nice performances, the verbal offers could be coming in real soon for the junior running back.
"Right now, I would say Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas A&M are the ones sticking out the most in my head. They are all pretty close to home and the coaching staffs at each school seem to be good. Missouri is recruiting me really hard. I like what the coaches have been telling me about their program."
Williams has not visited any games yet this season, but will be taking in the Oklahoma State one this weekend. His brother Jeremiah, is a running back at Trinity Valley J.C. Jonathan has been attending most of his games this fall.
"My brother is really close to committing right now. He has narrowed it down between Iowa State and Utah State," said Williams. "We have talked about going to the same school before and Iowa State is recruiting me, so we will see what happens."
Williams is 5-foot-11 and weighs 195 pounds. Early playing time and a strong academic school will be the two biggest keys into his decision.
HawkeyeInsider.com will provide video of Williams in the coming days.