Is U-M on the Verge Commit #4?

Warren (OH) Harding high school has been good to Michigan. The talent rich school recently sent former standouts like Mario Manningham, Prescott Burgess, and Carl Diggs to Ann Arbor. Over the past few weeks another talented Harding player has garnered attention from the Maize & Blue. After receiving an offer last week, could a commitment from this speedy youngster be on the horizon?

The state of Ohio was a major point of emphasis in last week's offer blitz by the Michigan Wolverines.  Among those in the Buckeye State receiving the call was Warren Harding standout D.J. Williamson. The 6-2, 175-pound ATH/WR didn't get a lot of balls thrown his way last season, but attempted to put his 4.45 speed to good use whenever he got the opportunity.

"Our season went good," Williamson reported.  "Our team didn't go to the playoffs, but it was still a pretty good season.  I had 30 catches, 365 yards for three touchdowns."

During the offseason Williamson has focused on improving every aspect of his game.  He's currently participating in track where he competes in the 100m (with a self-reported best of 10.8), the 200 (with a self-reported best of 21.7) and both relays. If and when his team calls on him more next season, he plans to be ready.

"I'm fast, I have good hands, and I'm elusive and shifty," Williamson replied when asked to describe his game.  "I think I did well route running and being a team player, but I need to do a better job blocking."

A number of schools have shown early interest in the Harding star, but the Wolverines have definitely ratcheted up the intensity of their pursuit to another level.

"I'm hearing from Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Indiana, UCLA, Illinois, Louisville, and Wisconsin," Williamson said.  "Michigan is the only one that I know has called with an offer so far though. I've talked to Coach Gibson and Coach Rich Rodriguez.  They just said they want me to come up to their junior day.  Coach Rodriguez said he needs a bunch of fast guys on the field running around for him."

That the Wolverines want him to be one of those players was welcome news for Williamson.  As a matter of fact, he could hardly contain his excitement.

"He's always been a Michigan fan," said Williamson's father.  "That's kind of where he has wanted to go."

That fandom could have been the result of watching former Warren stars like Carl Diggs, Prescott Burgess, and Mario Manningham go on to become successful Wolverines.  However, as is the case for many in the state of Ohio, that is not a welcome allegiance to have.

"I know Mario -- I know them all really," Williamson reported.  "I am definitely a big Michigan fan.  I hear about it a lot from teachers and everything, but I don't really mind it (laughing)."

Williamson hasn't spoken to any of the aforementioned players about recruiting as of yet, but that might not be a prerequisite for Michigan to pick up his commitment.  The thought of his dream becoming reality still has this confident youngster pinching himself a bit.  That feeling might subside once he receives his official Michigan offer letter or hears in-person confirmation from the coaching staff.  Will a commitment take a place at that point?

"Yeah, it's a good chance," answered Williamson.

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Williamson in the coming days.

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