U-M in top three for Nate Williams

As one of the top prep athletes in the state, Nate Williams of John F. Kennedy High School in Burien, Wash., is juggling the attention of coaches and media with being a normal teenager and enjoying his summer. While no scholarship offers have arrived, the talented Williams remains upbeat about his prospects, and Michigan is one of the top schools on his list.

Running back/defensive back Nate Williams of John F. Kennedy High School in Burien, Wash., near Seattle is not your typical teenager. As one of the top prep athletes in the state the phone calls and letters he receives are from major college coaches and media wanting to discuss where he will attend college. In the midst of all the hoopla, Williams uses his athletic gifts in the service of others. "I'm a lifeguard at a local water park," Williams told GoBlueWolverine.com during a recent talk. "This is my second year and I love it. It's wonderful to be able to help people and lifeguards are all laid back, it's a great job."

Williams said that while this year his life-saving skills have not been needed, last year he was called into action. "Two little kids were in trouble and I was able to get to them in time," he said. "When you see a person drowning you realize their life is in your hands. But the training kicks in and you do your job and it all works out."

With a top three of Michigan, Washington, and UCLA, in no particular order, Williams is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. He attended camps at all three schools, including the entire week at Michigan. "The schools tell me they want to see some film from my senior year," he said. "Michigan and U-Dub are showing the most interest."

The 6-foot-0, 197-pound Williams was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but is no stranger to traveling. "My mom used to work for United Airlines so I've been around the world," he said. "My favorite place was London, it's nothing like Seattle. I liked all the old buildings and the history."

Williams said that while his parents' wishes will be a major factor in his decision, he would make the final call. "As parents they would like me to stay close to home," he said. "But they also want what is best for me, and if I feel the best for me is to go away for college than they will support me 100-percent."

The Michigan camp gave Williams a taste of being away from home without his parents. "The first couple days I was kind of homesick, I was calling my parents every day," he said. "Then the players started to loosen up and get to know each other and it was a lot of fun. After that my parents were the ones calling me."

A decision will need to await an offer, but Williams said he is in no hurry. "We start two-a-days on August 15, then it's all football."

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