DT Impressed with Maryland

DT Wayne Williams is impressed with Maryland but he must improve his grades to be eligible

Wayne Williams has been impressed with Maryland’s season so far.

“I’ve been watching them. They’re a good team. They’re young – they can be a powerhouse. Defensively and offensively, they look really good.”

Now Maryland and Williams have to decide whether he will be joining this “powerhouse.”

The 6’6, 350 pound lineman from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, NY has received attention from Maryland and several other colleges, but must improve his grades before any offers can be made.

“I’ve been talking to Alabama, Penn State, West Virginia, Syracuse, Rutgers and Maryland.” Williams said. “I’ve visited Penn State, Syracuse and Rutgers – so far, I’m in love with Rutgers.”

The senior said that while Rutgers is an early favorite, he is impressed with Maryland’s program and can envision himself there next year. He wants to go to wherever can help him propel his career best.

“I want a school that is going to let me show my talents, and my goal is to eventually end up in the NFL. So whatever school is going to let me do that I want to be at.”

This year, Williams is just trying to help Abraham Lincoln High School advance. The team is heading to the state playoffs undefeated, a perfect 9-0 so far.

“We’re settling for nothing less than 13 wins. That’s what our goal was, that’s what we’re trying to get.” Williams said confidently.

Williams, who is being recruited primarily as a defensive tackle, has been playing offensive tackle as well this year.

“I had never played (OT) before, but I think I’m doing a pretty good job…I’m just doing whatever I can to help the team.”

Thus far, Williams has helped the team tremendously. His confidence has led the line on each side of the ball. On defense, while his pass rush needs to improve, the run-stopper requires double teams consistently. A newcomer to offense, Williams takes a relatively simple approach.

“I’m just going to get that block. Wherever the guy is on the field, I’m going to block him.”

When the 350 pound lineman is barreling at an opponent on the field, there is little doubt he is going to block him. Off the field, however, Williams needs to eliminate educational blocks from halting his progress on the field. Once Williams gets his grades up, Maryland, along with many other colleges, will come calling.

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