An eye on LSU

LSU is scanning the country for offensive line prospects for the 2010 recruiting class, and one player hearing from the Tigers early is Lake Dallas High tackle Daryl Williams.

The Lake Dallas Falcons saw a season end one round into the playoffs, dropping their first round playoff game to Aledo High by a score of 31-14. Though the season ended on a low note, Williams felt that his performance was on par with the direction his football career is headed.


"I thought I played pretty well given all the factors," he said. "The offense did not perform that well as a unit, so I don't want to say I was anything too great. There are still some things I need to attack over the spring and summer to get ready for next season."


Stop one for the 6-foot-5, 266-pound prospect will be the LDHS weight room.


"The main thing I need to focus on this offseason is putting on weight and adding muscle," Williams said. "I am throwing up 325 on the bench and 475 on squats. I am trying to get to 500 though. I have gotten up with the power lifting team, so that should help a lot. The speed guys give me trouble on the pass and the strong guys on the run, so I am just working on my upper body strength and footwork.


"I am also running to stay in shape, just doing the stadium steps and stuff like that," added Williams. "I tried getting myself out there after practices this season to run more just so I can stay on top of my game."


One of the top prospects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for next season, Williams' recruitment has already kicked into gear.


"I have been getting lots of letters, and they come almost every day," he said. "Texas Tech and Baylor are the two schools that have offered. Then I have been hearing the most from Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, Iowa and Oregon."


The junior standout had set up a visit to Baton Rouge for LSU’s junior day on Jan. 31, but since has been forced to back out on the trip.


"My quarterback, James Franklin, and I were supposed to come over, since we are both interested in LSU," Williams said. "I just found out that James will be going on a mission trip during that time, so we are getting down there next summer for camp. The only other place I have been is Norman for junior day when they played Texas Tech, so I have plenty of places to get out and see."


While Williams' trip has been delayed, the interest remains between the Lake Dallas-native and the Bayou Bengals.


"LSU is just a school that you look at and see with the tradition of winning big games," he said. "They are just a dominant program, and that is the kind of school I want to play for. That is the real reason I am looking more into LSU, as well as programs like Texas. They are just the top schools, so when they come calling you have to be paying attention."

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