U-M in Top Two for Calif. DB Michael Williams

Michigan was the first to offer defensive back Michael Williams of St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif. As a result of that, and the close relationship between Williams and Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English, the Wolverines are solidly in the top two for the talented player.

Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English was in attendance at last year's DeWayne Walker Defensive Backs camp when the backpedaling skills of a certain young player caught his attention.

"I guess he liked what he saw, because he came up to me and offered me a scholarship right there," Michael Williams of St. Bonaventure High School told GoBlueWolverine.com on Thursday. "That was my first offer. I also have offers from Arizona State and Ole Miss, and am getting a lot of interest from Notre Dame and UCLA. Michigan and Notre Dame are my top two schools."

The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Williams said he has a lot of family that attended Notre Dame, which is what attracts him to the Fighting Irish. His relationship with English is the plus for the Wolverines. "Coach English is just a great guy," he said. "I just called him a couple days ago and we get along really good. I know there were some changes at Michigan recently, but if English is still there than it's good. I'm real comfortable with him."

Williams said he is being recruited as a safety and a return man. "I had 754 yards on returns and four or five touchdowns," he said. "I definitely want to be a return man in college."

He also reports 98 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions on defensive during his junior year, along with a 4.44 in the 40. He said he will attend combines in May, but isn't sure which ones. "I'm going to attend the camps at either Michigan or Notre Dame this summer," he said. "I also may go to the Miami camp."

Williams, who was born in Kenya, said he is hoping to return to his native country sometime this summer as well. "My father was a big-game hunter, and he met my mom while on safari there," he said. "I've never been back but am hoping to go there this summer. With football that might be hard, but we'll see."

He said hasn't followed in his father's tracks yet, "But I hear the Midwest is big hunting country. I'd like to learn how to hunt."

His father is now in real estate, which is something Williams may take up after college and football are complete. "I'm definitely going to major in business and communications," he said. "Then I'll go into business with my dad."

Williams said he is in no hurry to make a decision, and will most likely take all of his visits before announcing his college choice. St. Bonaventure is coming off a 13-1 season, which includes the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division IV championship.

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