Plaquemine (LA) RB Ja'Kouri Williams (Dec. 5 official visit, 2002 U-M Camper, 5-11, 180 lbs., 4.35 in the 40, 2.2 core GPA/18 ACT) visited Michigan on Dec. 5, then visited his other favorite, Tennessee, on Dec. 12. "They both were about equal," Williams said about the visits. "There were some differences but they each had some advantages and disadvantages." Asked to elaborate on this he said, "At Michigan the coaches seem to be more of a family while at Tennessee the players are more like family. While I was at Michigan we got to hang out with our hosts and that was it. At Tennessee the whole team hung out and did stuff together and had fun."
Michigan already has two running back commitments in Max Martin and Mike Hart, while Tennessee has nobody coming in yet. But that doesn't seem to be a factor to Williams. "I know Michigan already has the two running back commitments," he said. "But we watched film of them when I was up there and I think I can compete for playing time against both of them. Tennessee doesn't have anyone coming in but they have about four running backs already, so there isn't really much difference between the both of them as far as depth goes."
Playing time is important to the star back but he isn't against the idea of red-shirting. "Both schools are leaving it up to me," Williams said. "If I can come in and contribute right away as a freshman than I'll do that. If I need a year to get better than I'll do that too. Both schools mentioned that I could probably see some playing time on special teams as a freshman but I don't think I want to do that."
Neither visit seemed to push one school above the other for the talented rusher. "I'm just going to take my time before I decide. I like both schools a lot so it's going to be a tough decision." Williams has a visit set up with Auburn on Jan. 23. He was originally scheduled to visit Nebraska on Jan. 16 but isn't so sure now. "I haven't heard from the Nebraska coaches in a couple of weeks so I don't know it I'm still going there or not," he said. "But it's really down to Michigan and Tennessee now."
Williams said he didn't crack the 1000-yard rushing total this year due to missing several games as a result of injuries. He did say he had 16 touchdowns, 12 rushing, 2 receiving, and two on kick-off returns. He said both Michigan and Tennessee are recruiting him strictly as a running back. He wants to major in Sports Management and said the programs at both schools impressed him.
He said he'll make his announcement sometime near signing day.
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