A.J. Williams open to playing tackle?

Michigan tight end commit A.J. Williams has been nothing short of dominant on the field this fall, using his size and strength to power Sycamore's running attack. At 6'6 275 pounds, Williams definitely has the frame to slide inside once he arrives in Ann Arbor.

Highlights of 2012 Michigan TE commit A.J. Williams senior year performance won't provide a look at his route running or ball skills, instead the future wolverine put on a blocking clinic. Williams season and high school career came to an end last Friday night at the hands of Cincinnati Moeller 31-21. While clearly devastated he knows he has an exciting future in Ann Arbor.

"It helps to know that I'm going to a great organization like Michigan right after this," said Williams. "Talking to some of my teammates they tell me that it was the last time they were going to have the pads on, ever. That helps you think that this part of my chapter is over but also it's the beginning of one."

Despite not being targeted through the air during the season, Williams is convinced he's still a threat from the tight end position.

"After this year I will have to find myself working out making sure my route running is still fine and my hands are still ok. A lot of people don't know that I can still catch it and a lot of people think that I should switch to tackle and think I'm going to switch to tackle when I get to college. I think I'm athletic enough and I still have the soft hands, so if I keep working on certain drills and everything I'll be able to get to college and show them off."

With his future position being called into question by fans and media, Williams has quite an interesting stance where his future may lie.

"Of course I'd be open to it because I just want to do whatever helps the team get to a national championship and win the big ten championship again. Yeah it's fun catching passes but looking at it from a different perspective, tackles make more money in the league (NFL) anyway (laughing), so I wouldn't be all that mad about it."

With the lack of depth Michigan is experiencing on the offensive line this season, it appears a switch to tackle could be likely, but that's not necessarily on the Michigan coaching staff's mind at the moment.

"No, not at all actually. You would think it would come up between the coaches but I don't even talk to Coach Funk about that at all. All I do is talk to Coach Ferrigno, the tight end coach, all the talk is about how I get up there and make sure I come in at the right weight, about 265 or 260ish, make sure I'm still athletic so they can keep me at tight end. I haven't talked to anybody about playing tackle."

With the graduation of Kevin Koger and transfer of Chris Barnett earlier in the season, Williams is attacking the off season with the idea of stepping onto the field as a freshman for the wolverines regardless of where he lines up.

"My mindset is definitely to hit these weights hard because I mean I might have to come in and get involved in this rotation as a freshman so I'm definitely taking this seriously. Also making sure I'm lifting 3 times a week with basketball, I'm taking this very seriously because I've talked to Coach Al about things, he don't necessarily want me to be redshirted so there's a possibility I could get in there and play."

As a Michigan commit straight out of the heart of buckeye country, Williams endures plenty of criticism for his college choice but continues to take it all in stride.

"Being from Ohio, I love it actually, I get a lot from people like at a gas station with my Michigan stuff on, I've had people tell me that it isn't the place to go. I remember when my coach asked me if I'm a hard commit and I said of course I'm hard as a rock, this is a program that I definitely want to be about."

The wolverines have two more home games left in 2011 and Williams plans on being in the stands for one or possibly both contests.

"I'm coming up for Nebraska with Caleb (Stacey) and then I'll definitely be up, oh my goodness, that Ohio State game needs to happen for sure."

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