The Wolverines have actively pursued a number of the west coast's top prospects this recruiting season, and despite losing out on some, they continue to be in the hunt for their fair share. Despite that, they haven't spent all of their time chasing down only the well-known prospects. They've also spent time identifying a few below the radar talents as well. One player that fits that description is Burien (WA) John F. Kennedy high athlete, Nate Williams. When the 6-1, 195-lb RB/DB began hearing from the Maize and Blue a few months back, he immediately became interested. It also led him to schedule a visit to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines annual summer camp last week.
"Michigan is traditionally known for having a good team and they've been sending me a lot of letters and stuff," said Williams. "(Michigan cornerbacks coach) Ron Lee came to the school last month sometime. When he came up there he said they were pretty interested in me. I wouldn't mind going to school there at all, so I thought I might as well just go and see what it's like. (The camp) was a lot of fun. I worked out at running back for two days and defensive back for two days. I learned a lot of things when I was out there and I saw competition from all the different areas. I talked to the coaches a little bit. I just had a great time when I was over there."
Williams opted to split time on offense and defense so he could put his versatility on display. Though he clearly has a preference for the position he'll play at the next level, he believes he could be equally effective on either side of the ball.
"I think they are recruiting me as a defensive back," Williams said regarding Michigan. "I prefer to play running back because that's the spot I played my whole life. I talked a little bit to Coach Jackson, the running backs coach. I guess he had some really good things to say about me to Coach Lee. But I wouldn't mind playing DB at all. I feel myself that I can do the both of them just as well."
Williams was reportedly impressive throughout the week, and the Michigan coaching staff definitely took notice. Before leaving camp he was scheduled to meet with Lloyd Carr in his office, but the two were unable to hook up prior to the youngster's departure.
"With Coach Carr, I didn’t get a chance to talk with him that day because my shuttle to the airport left at one," explained Williams. "I was waiting in the office until 12:30, and I had to go. I'm going to give him a call because he talked to my dad and said he wanted to talk to me."
Michigan is among the schools showing Williams the most attention at this stage of his recruitment. UCLA, Washington, California, and Washington State also traveled to his school during the evaluation period to find out more about him. While none have offered yet, he has maintained regular contact with each. If and when those programs decide to put scholarships on the table, Williams has a list of factors that will help him determine the best fit.
"The coaching staff at the school will be one of the factors," he said. "So will the tradition behind the team. I'll look at the academics because in the end, if football doesn't work out for me, I want to have a good education that I can rely on and that can help me out in the future. Those are gong to be the main keys in the school I look for."
One issue that will not factor into his decision is distance away from home. Williams indicated he will go to whatever program fits him best.
"I kind of wouldn't mind getting away from home because I kinda want to see more things than just Washington," he said. "I've been in Washington my whole life, so I don't think that will play a role."
"Me and my dad are going to make the decision together and we haven't
really thought about a timetable," continued Williams. "Just whenever
the right offer comes, we're going to take it."