Many recruits burst onto the scene during the summer camp circuit. In that sense, Berrien Springs' senior defensive end Jhonathon Williams is a lot like any other sleeper recruit.
But it's what makes him a late-bloomer that sets him apart.
Williams spent much of the summer prior to his junior year – a big time for recruiting – in Washington D.C. with his family as his brother underwent cancer treatment.
"Last season was pretty rough because of what happened with my brother," he said. "He got injured overseas and had to be examined and while he was being examined, I guess they found cancer. He had to come back over here because he is in the Air Force. … So most of the summer of the lead-up to my junior year, I was actually in D.C.
"I actually thought I was moving to Washington D.C., then my first day back was like my first game. That's why I'm kind of a sleeper recruit."
While that may have impacted his junior campaign, once he hit the camp circuit this summer, Williams made himself a name.
"Everything has happened in the past couple months," he said. "It was crazy. It just sort of blew up all of a sudden. I'm happy it did."
Williams is really high on Missouri and what the Tigers have to offer.
"I think Missouri is a really great school and I plan to visit there soon," Williams. "I'm heavily interested in them."
Michigan State is among the schools that has been keeping an eye on Williams, who visited Friday night for the opener against Western Michigan.
"It was all pretty nice," he said. "It got rained out in the first half, but other than that it was pretty great. The atmosphere was nice and the coaches were nice. It was pretty good, I liked it. … There's not much not to like about Michigan State."
The 6-foot-6, 237-pound defensive end said he liked how the Spartans played defensively.
"They bring it on defense," he said. "They are loaded and they really, really bring it."
"I am planning to," he said. "I haven't set up a date or anything yet."