Jamiihr Williams has had a lot to think about in recent months. The 6-2, 225-lb. linebacker not only had to sort through loads of mail from college suitors, he also had to determine which high school he'd finish up his prep career at. At one point Cleveland Glenville appeared to be his most likely destination, but he ended up instead at another strong Ohio program, Trotwood Madison.
"It has been real good so far," Williams said regarding his new school. "Everyone has really welcomed me in. I think it's going to work out good for me."
The move should work out pretty well for Madison also. In an abbreviated season at Lima senior high last year, Williams had 57 tackles, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles. He played in only five of his team's games due to a high ankle sprain. A few months after the season concluded he made his way down to San Antonio, Texas and showed scouts that he was healthy again. He acquitted himself well at the Army National Junior Combine, running (self-reported) forties between 4.6 and 4.7, bench pressing 185 18 times, and getting named to the All-Combine team.
Michigan's coaching staff had already gotten a glimpse of William's athletic talents at the annual summer camp in Ann Arbor last year, and they came away impressed with what they saw.
"That was when they started recruiting me," recalled Williams. "I did good in the one-on-ones there."
The Wolverines have kept a watchful eye on Williams since that strong summer performance and they've been among the schools showing the most interest. That hasn't resulted in a Maize & Blue offer as of yet, but the youngster is hoping that that will change once Michigan, and all of his other suitors see him a little bit more.
"I talked to Coach DeBord last week," he said. "I'm not coming to the junior day because he said I'd get to spend more time with the coaches at spring practices. He told me not to worry about coming to junior day. He wants me to send some highlight tapes. I'm just getting my tapes in because I switched. I'm going to get some tapes up there and we'll see what happens. After I see what offers I have I'll probably make my decision in the summer. I want to do it before my senior season. I want to know where I'm going before then."