JUCO running back is Bobby Petrino's first stop as open period begins

Hancock (Calif.) College All-Conference running back Malik Williams received an in-home visit from Bobby Petrino on Thursday

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino headed to North Carolina on Thursday afternoon for his first trip during the final open period prior to National Signing Day on February 3.

Stop number one, running back Malik Williams, a product of Wilson (N.C.) Hunt high school who has spent the past two seasons at Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif. 

"It went well," he said. "I got to talk with Coach Petrino. It felt really good."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect is an all-around athlete, earning First Team All-Conference honors for his play out of the backfield and return specialist.

"They're looking at me to come and play right away at running back, possibly starting," said Williams.

Petrino likes Williams combination of speed and size.

"He said he liked my all-purpose ability. How I can go from one side to another and my speed. He also liked that I'm big back as well."

Williams will make an official visit with Louisville the weekend of January 22.  He'll also visit UAB and plans to visit a pair of others.  Hawaii and Purdue are also under strong consideration.

"I'm looking for a place that I can come in and play," he explained, adding that when he makes his visits he'll be looking for "seeing what the facilities are like, what the school is like."

Williams current plan is wait until National Signing Day before making his decision known.

"I'm planning on waiting until signing day," he said. "I want to talk it over with everyone."

Williams began the season at receiver for Hancock College, hauling in 18 catches for 217 yards and a touchdown before moving to running back. He finished his sophomore season leading the team with 525 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Cardinal Authority Top Stories