Last week Michigan dipped into the Sunshine State to offer a recently committed four-star running back. The surprise for Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange running back Dexter Williams was hearing that he has long-held a scholarship offer from the Wolverines.
"The running back coach, Fred Jackson, came down and he told me they had already offered me," said Williams. "Apparently they offered me way earlier in the season, but I never knew about it. So this time he made sure that I knew. He wants me to come up as soon as possible to come see the campus. He said the way I run is very explosive with a good change of direction."
Williams, who checks in at No. 15 at his position nationally, recently pledged to Miami (Fla.) during an April 12 unofficial visit to the Hurricanes' campus. However, even after issuing his verbal commitment a little over two weeks ago, Williams is still keeping his options open, a fact that bodes well for the Wolverines.
"I plan on visiting [Michigan], but I don't know when," said Williams. "It might be during the summer when I would go on an unofficial."
Due to the distance between Michigan and his home state of Florida, Williams is not overly knowledgeable regarding the Wolverines at this stage. This is something he plans on changing.
"I really don't know a lot about Michigan, but I look forward to getting to know it better on my visit," he said.
Without an established timeline for his visit, Williams will have some time to weigh his options. He already knows how he will evaluate his visit when it comes time to do so.
"What I am looking for right away on my visit is, I want to know what the school has to offer for me," said Williams. "I want to know if the school will keep me up on my grades; and I also want it to feel like home. I don't want to feel like an outsider, because I want to see that kind of love. Also the playing time—in terms of how many running backs they have coming in and that type of thing."
These factors helped put Miami into the driver's seat for Williams during his visit there.
"It was just a lot of love that I was receiving from Miami, especially from the coaches," said Williams. "I talk to all the coaches every day and they make sure I'm okay. They make sure the family is okay. I just have a strong connection with them. Then on my visit they made it feel like home. I wasn't planning on committing to Miami on my visit, but it was just a good feeling that I had. When I have that feeling in my gut, then I know it is the right choice."
"Also there is a tradition (at Miami) with the running backs," Williams went on. "There are a lot of running backs from there that have made it to the Hall of Fame. They have really good tradition with the running backs and I want to keep that going."
Williams, who identified himself as a Florida Gators fan growing up, sees himself as a playmaker at the next level if he can find the right offense to utilize his skills.
"The type of football player that I am is one that plays the game very intelligently," said Williams. "I don't act all too mighty, but if you put the ball in my hands I'm going to make plays. I'm very explosive and I hit the hole with a quick change of direction. North and south is all that I do."
Despite eclipsing the 1,000-yard benchmark last year, Williams is unsatisfied with his performance and is eager to improve on it during his senior season.
"Last year wasn't that great," said Williams. "I didn't really have a good season. Most people said I had a good season because of the yards I put up, which was 1,072, but I feel like I could have done way better—and I didn't really have that many touchdowns. To me I feel like I had a bad season. We didn't really have the team chemistry, and also we had a new transition with all new coaches, so things weren't working out as we planned. It was just a real rough season."
After making some changes to maximize his production, Williams feels that he is back in an environment that is conducive to playing at a high level.
"Right now I'm at West Orange and I actually got back with my old coaches," Williams said. "The offense they are running and the team chemistry over there is crazy. We are going to do some big things next year. They are really going to let me loose and we talk about it every day. Plus I have a lot of key players to play around this year."
Besides Miami and Michigan, Williams is currently looking at three other schools that have offered him—he also plans on to visit Georgia, FAU and possibly Tennessee this summer.
4-Star RB Dexter Williams Plans to Visit U-M
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