Size and speed, if a running back possesses both, especially at the high school level, more times than not that student-athlete has the ability to put up some pretty good numbers.
Standing 6-foot-0, 190-pounds to go with his breakaway speed, 2015 Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange four-star running back Dexter Williams had strong performances at The Opening despite a lingering ankle issue.
The ankle issue wasn’t enough to keep him out of the end zone though.
“I took one to the house today,” Williams said. “To celebrate, I had a good celebration with my team. It was really just a lot of fun.”
According to Williams, that’s not a big deal.
“Not at all,” Williams said. “Football is a lot of competition. You’ve just got to go in there and compete for the job.”
With that in mind, Williams continues to field interest from schools all across the country, including Michigan, led by running backs coach Fred Jackson.
“It was just a real cool, laid back vibe,” Williams said. “He’s a real cool guy. Me and him have a connection and also we just communicate a lot.”
And the Wolverines are hoping that connection turns into a visit to Ann Arbor in the near future, something Williams told SCPlaybook.com could happen this fall.
Still holding on to a verbal commitment out of Williams, Miami (Fla.) would appear to be in a good spot to secure his signature down the line, but the four-star back remains available to listening to opportunity elsewhere.
“I plan on just staying open and getting a feel for everything, making sure I made the right decision,” Williams said. “And just following my heart and listening to my parents and coaches.”
Williams plan is to announce a commitment, or recommitment, during his senior season, insisting distance from home won’t play a factor in that decision.
What could play a factor? Notre Dame and Michigan are up north, where it snows, something Williams has at least thought about.
“I really don’t like the cold,” Williams said laughing. “But you got to learn to play through it. I’d get used to it.”
Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.