Williams Enjoys Another Iowa Visit

Raequan Williams returned to Iowa for his third unofficial visit to the school on Saturday. The Chicago defensive lineman said he's getting to know the Hawkeyes well. He talked with HI about the stop, his upcoming visits and where he stands in his recruiting process.

Iowa slapped the swarm on Raequan Williams during his unofficial visit on Saturday. The whole recruiting team and assistant coaches spent time talking with him in the south end zone as the Hawkeyes prepared to take on Ball State.

Williams, a defensive lineman from Chicago's DePaul Prep, sits high on Iowa's prospect board. The Hawkeyes likely have about six scholarships left to hand out in the 2015 class.

Iowa played host to Williams for the third time on an unofficial visit Saturday. The program has impacted him.

"It kind of feels like home," the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder said.

While the Hawkeyes are positioned well with Williams, the senior from the Windy City stops short of calling them his favorite.

"I don't know. I just will weigh it all out. I still want to see more from all the schools. I want to compare schools to Iowa," he said.

Williams reports scholarship offers from, among others, Arizona, Arizona State, UConn, Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, Penn State and Tennessee. Although he has not set dates, he said he will officially visit Arizona, Iowa, Missouri and Oregon.

"I probably will take a fifth (official) visit but I don't have a for-sure school yet," Williams said.

Williams said he's targeting the time after his season as when he will commit to a school. Right now, he's focusing on his senior year and his school work.

DePaul Prep took Williams as a transfer after he spent his first three years of high school at Gordon Tech. He said he has qualified academically for college and his grades have been on the rise.

"They're going pretty well now. I think I'll be fine academic wise," he said.

Williams' mother is taking charge of his recruitment while he concentrates on the here and now.

"She's a big part of the process. She gets to know the coaches and looks at the rosters and depth charts. She looks at a lot. She's a lawyer and does the stuff that I don't really have time for when I'm focused on football and school. She's my go-to. I take everything she says seriously," he said.

While Williams talks with all of the Iowa coaches, assistant Jim Reid is leading the school's recruitment with the talented lineman. They spent a lot of time speaking before Saturday's game.

"He writes me a lot. It was great to get to talk to him a lot. He told me how much he wants me and how much he wants to see me develop as a player and a person," Williams said.

Williams is most looking for a good relationship with the coaches in the college that he chooses. The person he trusts the most likes what she's hearing from the Hawkeyes.

"My mom likes Iowa. She likes Coach Reid a lot. She thinks there are good people there that will care for me," Williams said.

Scout.com ranks Williams as the 48th-best defensive end in the country for the Class of '15.

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