Bryan Williams Becomes Latest Gopher FB Commit

Bryan Williams, a 6-foot, 185-pound running back/defensive back from Akron (Ohio) Buchtel, has committed to Minnesota, according to sources close to his recruitment. Williams visited Minnesota in December and the Gophers are recruiting teammate Cyrus Kersey. Williams had committed to Pittsburgh in June but has decided to take several visits, due to the uncertanity of then head coach Walt Harris.

Bryan Williams had an outstanding senior season after taking over for Ohio State recruit Tony Pittman. He rushed for 1,808 yards and was named to the 2004 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio high school football team and led the Griffins to an 8-3 mark, losing to Akron Hoban in the payoffs 35-33. Williams also runs track and has excellent speed, running a 4.3 40, a 10.7 100-yard dash and a 22.0 200-yard dash.

Head coach Claude Brown said that Williams was a key reason for the team's success.

"He is a two-sport athlete. He has great vision for a running back. He runs hard and is a great runner. He is always running forward. "

Williams also played defensive back and was a standout at that position as well, according to Brown.

"He is an excellent defensive back. He had six picks, one he returned for a touchdown. He rushed for 26 touchdowns and had 1,808 yards with 9.6 yards per carry.

Williams committed to Pittsburgh in the summer, but re-opened his recruitment somewhat, due to questions about the future of head coach Walt Harris, who will be the head man at Stanford next season.

The Gophers are also recruiting Williams' teammate Cyrus Kersey, who is expected to visit Minnesota, pending a passing test score. Williams is the third commitment from the state of Ohio.

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