Williams Talks Commitment to Maryland

DL Mike Williams commits to Maryland and is told by Terps he will play offensive tackle.

Mike Williams, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman, will be playing in a familiar setting as he committed to play for his hometown Maryland Terrapins in 2013. His role, however, will be entirely different as he will find himself protecting quarterbacks instead of chasing them down.

Williams will begin the transition from a defensive end to an offensive tackle next year in his senior season at Archbishop Spalding, where he has primarily played on the defensive line. He is working on his footwork to become faster and is lifting weights to become stronger this off-season, Williams said.

“They want me to play offense,” Williams said. “I'll probably be playing offensive tackle. I've been playing defense for a long time, so offensive tackle or offensive line period is going to take some time getting used to, but I'll get there. I'm planning on playing some offense this year too so I should be good.”

The Severn, Md. native was also considering offers from Boston College, Hampton and James Madison. Distance was not a factor for him, as long as the school “wasn't on the other side of the country,” according to Williams.

“I thought Maryland was a better fit for me to help me excel in life,” Williams said. “I chose Maryland because how it's structured, how they care about their players and how they're trying to build up their program. I want to be a part of that.”

Williams said that he has a good relationship with John Dunn, Maryland's assistant coach who oversees the tight ends and the coach who recruited Williams. Williams has also spoken with head coach Randy Edsall, and said they have “a pretty good relationship.”

While he has not decided on a major or an area of study yet, Williams said he is excited to come to Maryland and start building relationships with the Terrapin community. He was unable to attend many football games last year due to his football practices and other activities, but did attend the 38-7 loss against Temple where he got to experience the fans of Maryland up close.

“The fans, they're crazy,” said Williams. “They're always loud. It doesn't matter what the score is, it's always the same intensity. Just crazy.”

Another thing that caught his eye this past season were the much talked-about uniforms.

“Not a lot of people like them,” Williams said. “Some people call them flamboyant, but I like the way they look.”

Williams has to focus a lot of himself in his senior season at Archbishop Spalding, especially on his development as a member of the offensive line after having grown comfortable playing defense. He has, however, not forgotten that he is still a member of his team, and is taking on the role of a senior leader in his final season.

“The focus is on the team,” said Williams. “We're going to be a young team. We're just working hard, lifting almost everyday, getting out on the field and putting some work in. Just getting ready for the next season.”

But while he has one year left, Williams cannot wait to get settled into his new home in College Park.

“I like everything about Maryland,” Williams said. “The way their practices are run, I went to a couple of their practices. The facilities that Maryland has to offer, the facilities that they've built and continue to build. I also like how big the campus is. I like the large campus. And well, it's my home school. It's where I'm from.”

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