K-State Looks Closely at Athletic QB

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State has leaned on great recruiting ties to the state Louisiana in prior recruiting classes and this year is no different. Damian Williams out of Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La. has grabbed the full attention of the KSU staff....

Kansas State went into Louisiana to get an athletic quarterback in Daniel Sams for the Class of 2011. They are possibly hoping to do something similar with Damian Williams out of Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La., who recently received his first offer from the Wildcat staff.

"I was the one who contacted them," said Damian Williams on his interest in Kansas State. "I like the direction of the program. I've been talking with Coach Smith and plan on going up there during the summer to visit. So far that's my only one, but I have heard from other schools. The main ones are Ole Miss, Arizona State, Auburn, and Colorado."
Williams, 6-foot-1, 216-pounds, led the Raiders to a 10-2 record and to the Louisiana 5A Quarterfinal round. He was named MVP of the District (9-5A) and All-State Honorable Mention by the LSWA.

"It went well, but I still wasn't satisfied," Williams said. "My best game was probably against Acadiana, the defending champs, in the second round. I was hurt with a bad high ankle sprain, but still played and threw for 300 yards."

In the Acadiana game, 204 of those yards came in the second half as Williams helped his team spring the 24-21 upset. Williams is working with a trainer during the off-season to prep for a big senior year in 2012.

"What has helped me get recognized [at quarterback] is my arm strength and my ability to read defenses," Williams said. "I can also beat you with my feet. I think I had over 900 rushing yards last season. The number one goal for next year is to win state. I think if we can accomplish that all of the personal goals will take care of themselves."

Williams received a big honor this past season being named Player of the Week by the Quarterback Club of New Orleans after the Raiders game with West Jefferson. Williams passed for 152 yards and three touchdowns in the game and rushed for 176 yards on 24 carries. Although he loves to "freelance" in the backfield, Williams says he's open to any type of offensive scheme for college.

"You know, I'm willing to play in whatever offense there is," said Williams. "I think I can adapt to anything. I'm just looking to go play for a winning program with good academics."

Williams has also played baseball at Archbishop Rummel, an all-male private Roman Catholic school. He says he may skip this year on the diamond to continue his conditioning and maybe take in a few campus visits. Williams wears No. 8 for the Scarlet Red Raiders.


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