"I'm excited about it," Williams said of Louisville's offer. "I talked to Coach [Kenny] Carter and he told me that Louisville is looking for a bigger running back because they're used to getting [smaller] running backs. They're excited about me and I'm excited about them."
Williams spoke briefly with Charlie Strong about Louisville's interest on Wednesday. Strong reiterated that Louisville likes his size, speed and potential and believes he would be a perfect fit in offensive coordinator Mike Sanford's spread-offense.
Williams, who rushed for 1,789 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, didn't know much about Louisville before the Cardinals offered. He's planning to make several visits this spring, including one to UofL. He'll visit UCLA this weekend and trip to a few Big 10 and Big 12 programs later.
"I plan on making a visit to Louisville and the other schools that offered," Williams said. "[Thursday] I'll be leaving for UCLA. I'm going to Illinois April 24 and Kansas State March 6 and Texas Tech March 27."
Blessed with 4.48 speed, Williams is a physical running back who averaged an impressive 9.9 yards per carry last year, leading his high school to the second round of the state playoffs. Though he currently holds offers from Louisville, SMU, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas State and Tulsa, that number almost certainly will go higher as word gets out. Alabama, Arkansas and UCLA have shown interest.
"I'm still researching about the schools," Williams said. "I'm looking for a school that runs the ball and has a good Engineering department."