Keith Williams Will Visit Minnesota this Week

Keith Williams, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound lineman from Florissant (MO) McCluer North, will visit Minnesota this weekend. Williams led the Stars to the Class 5 championship game against Raymore-Peculiar, which they lost 42-21. Williams will visit two Big Ten rivals in the next two weekends. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Williams' head coach, Jim Schottmueller, to find the latest on his standout's recruitment.

Keith Williams led McCluer North to a 9-3 mark this season as they advanced to their fifth state title game. Unfortunately, McCluer North, who had appeared in four previous championship games (1988, '93, 2000 and '04) has never won a state title.

Williams will visit Indiana on Dec. 9 and Iowa on Dec. 16, according to Schottmueller. He said that Williams will likely visit Nebraska and Michigan State.

"He has his list of five schools. He does not have a favorite. He wants to take all five visits before making his decision," the coach said.

Schottmueller said that Williams has turned down an impressive list of schools who were hoping to get an official visit.

"Michigan, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois and Missouri were all hoping to get a visit. They all offered him a scholarship."

Schottmueller said that Williams is a versatile player.

"He is being looked at Minnesota as an offensive guard, but teams have about a 50/50 split on him between offense and defense. He wants to play offensively. He has excellent agility for a big guy," Schottmueller said.

As a junior, he was named first-team all-conference at defensive tackle and offensive guard. On offense, he was also named first-team all-metro and all-state.

Schottmueller said that he expects Williams to get plenty of consideration for All-State honors that will be announced Friday. Schottmueller said that All-Metro honors will come out in mid-December.

"He should make it as an offensive guard, but not as a defensive tackle. He hurt his ankle, so he concentrated on offense."

Williams is normally a three-sport athlete, playing basketball and track and field, according to Schottmueller.

"He played basketball the past three years. He held current Missouri to eight points two years ago," he said.

However, he might not play basketball this year after a long football season and a busy recruiting visit schedule.

"I normally play basketball, but I'm giving it up this winter to hit the weights," Williams told's Josh Clark recently. "I will throw shot put and discus in track, but other than that, my concentration will solely be on football. Right now, I'm just getting back into the recruiting cirlces to determine what schools I will visit."

Williams listed Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska as his current top choices, and went over his agenda in choosing a school.

"When I talk to Iowa's coach, he basically just tells me it is lineman city and they develop real good lineman. Nebraska has a good tradition of linemen, too, and they say they aren't afraid to play guys early. Minnesota offers a chance to play early, and a system that is easy to learn. Indiana is a team where I know I can make a quick contribution. Really, I'll have to make my first visit before I can know too well on how I'm going to make my decision," stated Williams.

Williams is a former high school teammate of Gopher freshman Steven Davis, who shined this season as a defensive end. The two are very close friends, which could benefit the Gophers.

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