Hopkins' Marcus Williams Gets 21 ACT Score

Marcus Williams, a 6-foot point guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, is putting up some outstanding numbers. Williams, one of the state's top two-sport athletes, caught 45 passes for 1,025 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is averaging 8.1 points per game for the nationally ranked Royals, who are 14-0. However, he got his most important number recently, a 21 on the ACT, according to coach Ken Novak Jr.

Marcus Williams is getting recruiting interest in both football and basketball. However, colleges were concerned about what sport he would play in and whether he would qualify academically to play as a freshman. With the 21 score, he will be ready to play in college, which should increase the number of schools that are looking at him.

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.

Schools such as Montana State, North Dakota State, Santa Clara, Wright State and Northern Iowa have shown interested in Williams, who admits that not deciding on one sports has probably hurt his recruitment.

"I'm still up in the air," he said. "I'm looking at basketball. I talking to NDSU, Bryant College in Rhode Island and Iowa State for both football and basketball. Still a lot of schools."

Williams attended the Minnesota Gopher football camp this past summer, several Gopher games this fall and was a guest at Williams Arena last month. However, his communication with the homestate school is currently low.

"Minnesota, not for basketball," he said. "Football not as much as it was."

Williams helped lead the Royals to a 8-3 mark on football 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.

He 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 recently told GoldenSports.Net that 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 named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Kare 11 Sports.


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