Coming into LSU's annual Boys from the Boot Junior Day on Saturday, Tiger fans already knew one standout running back from the New Orleans area would be in attendance in Leonard Fournette.
But, while the St. Augustine five-star player was in Baton Rouge yesterday, so too was another bruising back in the 2014 class from near the Big Easy. And LSU faithful would do well to get familiar with him too.
John Ehret running back Darrel Williams (6-1, 215) took in the LSU campus with the rest of the state's elite juniors, and he left quite impressed with the total package.
"It was interesting," Williams told TSD. "I didn't realize how much they put school before football. Football's not all the players are there for. School's more important, and they make sure you know that."
For someone like Williams, who says he wants to study Health and Sciences and one day become a football coach, that quickly became an appealing aspect of LSU. "An education is way more important than just football."
Of course what goes on between the lines is still a big deal to the player. Williams said in that respect he likes the way LSU operates on offense.
"I like the style of offense," explained Williams, who views himself as a ‘physical back' but also took snaps as the Wildcat quarterback this past season. "They like to pound the ball, and that's the type of running back I am."
LSU's lead recruiter for Williams is Frank Wilson, the Tigers' recruiting coordinator and person who would be Williams' position coach in TigerTown.
According to Williams, the two share a great relationship, talking "every now and again." Wilson has also apparently talked with the current Patriot back about LSU's plans as they pertain to signing multiple running backs in 2014.
"Yeah, they discussed all that," said Williams of LSU's coaches. "They said they might take like three because they didn't take one this year in 2013."
Williams may have left Saturday without an offer, but he remains firmly on the radar for LSU moving forward.
The trip also provided an opportunity for Williams to meet several other in-state prep players he didn't know previously.
"Yeah, I spent some time with two of the O-Linemen, one from South Lafourche (Bailey Granier) and one from Brother Martin (recent LSU commit Will Clapp), and then the wide receiver from Curtis (Malachi Dupre)," Williams said.
In addition to LSU, Williams has begun to receive attention from a few other SEC programs, namely Georgia, Texas A&M and Auburn. One of Williams' coaches at John Ehret indicated that A&M and Arizona State were the first schools to really show interest but that Auburn had begun to make up ground.
For now Williams is content to feel the process out a bit more and see what offers roll in during the upcoming months. In an ideal world, Williams said he'd prefer to make a decision and commit before his senior season starts.
Asked if LSU would be his favorite if he received an offer from the Tigers, Williams replied he wasn't sure yet.
"It's too early," he concluded. "I still want to see some other schools to see what they're talking about."
Williams interested after LSU visit
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