Two-Sport Standout Marcus Williams Gets Looks

Marcus Williams, a 6-foot, 180-pounder from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, is one of the state's top two-sport athletes. Williams is getting recruiting interest in football and basketball and attended the Minnesota Gopher football camp, several Gopher games this fall and was a guest at Williams Arena Tuesday night. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Williams to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Marcus Williams helped lead the Royals to a 8-3 mark this season, losing to then No. 1-ranked Eden Prairie 43-34 in the section finals. Williams was named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and KARE 11 Sports.

Williams caught 45 passes for 1,025 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 157 yards and four more scores.

Williams had several big games for the high-powered Royals. He caught six passes for 232 yards for three touchdowns and rushed three times for 91 yards and two more scores in a 56-42 win over Edina. Williams had six catches for 176 yards and one touchdown against Robbinsdale Armstrong, 10 catches for 280 yards and three scores versus Irondale, six grabs for 108 yards and one touchdown versus Minnetonka and six catches for 103 yards against Eden Prairie in their playoff loss.

Marcus Williams helped lead the Royals to a 5-5 mark as a junior, losing to Eden Prairie 56-14 in the second round of the playoffs. He caught 36 passes for 504 yards and rushed 22 times for 129 yards and three scores. Williams had 52 solo tackles and 27 assists as a defensive back and had one interception.

Williams had a busy summer, splitting time between football camp and playing AAU basketball with Howard Pulley. Williams attended the Minnesota team camp and the All-American Camp in North Carolina. He is getting looks from several schools for his play on the gridiron.

"I have got interest from Western Michigan, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and North Dakota State," he said. "I talked to UCLA the other night and Illinois."

Williams, who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, was excited about being named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Kare 11 Sports. However, he was quick to credit his teammates.

"It was a good thing. I give it all to my team. If it weren't for them, I would not have anything," he said.

Williams played for one of the top offenses in the state, which helped showcase his skills.

"We had a good offense. Great coaches. Sean Borman and our running backs," he said. "When you have a good running game, it brings out the passing game."

Williams' strong season as a wide receiver has changed several schools' opinions, who had previously seen him just as a defensive back.

"A lot of teams are looking at me now as a receiver or both. I have been talking to them about that," he said.

Williams averaged 7.8 points per game as a junior point guard, leading the Royals to a 27-2 mark on the hardwood, losing twice to state champion Minnetonka.

Williams scored in double figures in eight games, including a season-high 19 points versus Robbinsdale Armstrong. The Royals are the odds-on favorite to win the Class AAAA title and Williams is getting plenty of interest for basketball.

Williams had planned to visit Santa Clara this fall with teammate Ray Cowels, who signed with the Broncos.

"I did not go out there yet, but I am trying to go out there for a visit," he said.

Williams went to Northern Illinois for a game and attended several Gophers football games. He does not have a top school yet.

"I like the 'U.' It's home. I have not really chosen a favorite."

Williams admits that the fact that he is getting looks for both sports has hurt his overall recruitment.

"That hurt a lot," he said. "I don't know what I want to play. I am just going for the best opportunity right now and that is what I tell them."

Williams said that he is getting looks from several teams in basketball.

"Montana State, North Dakota State, Santa Clara and Northern Iowa. I have a few offers from Wright State and North Dakota State in basketball," he said.

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