Williamson Has Unfinished Business

Do not worry too much if Roger Williamson is not thinking too much about his next career stop at Michigan State. While the future Spartan defensive back is counting down the days until he finishes his high school career, he knows he still has some unfinished business on the track. Spartan Digest spoke with Williamson about the finals days before becoming a college football player.

Roger Williamson was one of several members of Michigan State's 2012 recruiting class that made their way to campus for the Spartans spring game. How are things going for the Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar product?

"Everything is going good. I'm trying to finish up the last few days of school and get prepared for college life."

For Williamson there will be a few days' in-between high school and college classes.

"I thought I would be going up sometime in June. But my first class starts on July 5th according to the papers I received today."

With the final days of high school upon him, how does it feel?

"I'm excited, but also a little bit nervous at the same time as I'm not sure what to expect. But I'm ready to get out of the city and see different parts of the world and explore a little bit while I get my degree."

How was the trip to the spring game go and did he feel any different this time on campus?

"I only got to stay for about a quarter, but the atmosphere was great and it was nice being around the guys coming in, the coaches, and spending some time with Coach D.

"It honestly did feel different this time as compared to the last time I was up there. When I went up there the first time and watched them against Notre Dame, I had committed that day. But it felt different this time as it felt official and now I can see that someday I'm going to be out there playing."

One thing Roger has been keeping an eye on during the recruiting process and since his commitment has been the progress of another Gem City native Jerel Worthy. Did it help seeing someone from the same area have success when looking at being a Spartan?

Jerel Worthy
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"Yes it did, Jerel and I can relate to a lot of things having grown up in the same area. I like to see people succeed from the area I'm from and like seeing classmates and others from the area going places and doing new things. Seeing a guy like Jerel Worthy having success up at Michigan State makes me feel like I can do the same thing."

As for any friendships he's built since officially becoming a Spartan, RJ seems to have found another Southwest Ohio guy to hang out with when he gets to East Lansing.

"I would have to say Donavon Clark for sure, the big lineman from Finneytown. He's a great guy and I rode up to the North-South All-Star game we played in together. I went up with him and his father and feel we have a nice relationship going."

As for the final days of high school, RJ is concentrating on helping Dunbar add to their history of track excellence.

"I'm doing track right now. I think Thursday we have our district meet and we just won our 17th City Championship in a row. I took first place in the long jump, high jump and in two races, the 100 meter dash and hurdles. So I'm looking forward to going to districts and hope to do well enough to then go on to regional's and then state to help my team win another title before going off to college. I'm not sure what I'll be doing in districts. I will either be doing the hurdles or the 100 meter dash because I'll also be on the 4X100 and 4X400 because I'll be long jumping so that will take up my four events."

Spartan Digest will start talking with other members of the Class of 2011 as they prepare to start their Spartan careers in the coming weeks.

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