The local running back crop isn't especially deep in 2015, but Devonte Williams from Bullis (Potomac, Md.) is one of Maryland's headliners. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder recently reached high-Division I status with an offer from Indiana and now holds early verbals from the likes of the Hoosiers, Western Michigan, Temple and Buffalo.
"Me and [the Indiana coach], we have a great relationship and we talk on a consistent basis, almost every day on Facebook and things," Williams said. "So they finally offered, and I was pretty excited about that. I'm looking forward to going out there in the spring to visit. It sounds like a good program, and I'm going to give them a look."
Indiana figures to be the first of several more FBS suitors. Williams said Boston College is on the verge, Wake Forest is close and even Arizona State is heavily involved.
"Boston College is basically on the table for me. They just offered my teammate, Jonathan Holland, who was up there for a junior day, and the staff said they're pretty much going to offer me once I make it up there," Williams said. "I'll be visiting soon, so I expect to have that offer.
"Wake Forest, I went there March 1 for a junior day, and their staff said they could be offering soon as well. Then Arizona State, their coaches were in contact the day after I got the Indiana offer and said if I can make it out to campus they'll offer me too."
Evidently Williams won't have a particularly difficult time making it out to Arizona State. Turns out he trains out there every summer with his uncle, who worked with NFL players such as LaRon Landry and Clinton Portis.
"I'll definitely be able to make it out to Arizona State when I go out to train," Williams said. "I really like it out there; Arizona is a cool place. I'm not sure if I'd want to go to college out there yet or not, but I'll definitely consider it."
One program that hasn't been too involved yet is the hometown school, Maryland. Williams said he was a bit perplexed why the Terps haven't been in contact, and said the staff seemed more interested in Holland, the defensive end, than him.
"To be honest I'm not sure what's up with Maryland. I've been waiting for them for awhile," Williams said. "Their coach, Chad Wilt, he's been up to the school before, but I don't think Maryland is as interested in me as schools like Wake or BC or Indiana are. I know they like Jonathan, but I don't think they're showing the same interest in me yet."
If the Terps did decide to pursue Williams, he said he'd be receptive. Having been in College Park before, and having attended a couple UMD games, Williams said he'd love to represent the in-state program.
"I'd definitely consider Maryland because it is the hometown school," he said. "I feel like if Maryland kept most of the big-name locals home it would be a really solid program. But as of right now, I can't really look at them because they haven't looked at me yet."
Williams is coming off a junior season where he rushed for 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns. He's currently running a sub-4.5 40-yard dash.
"If I had to compare, I'd say I'm in the Tavon Austin mold. He's very versatile and can make plays at running back, slot, kick returner and punt returner," Williams said. "I think I have that kind of versatility too, and I can create mismatches with linebackers in the slot. I can run between the tackles, but I have good hands and can play slot as well. But I do need to get bigger, stronger and faster; I have to keep working on my game."
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