Evan Williams Talks About Minnesota Offer

Evan Williams, a 6-foot, 191-pound quarterback/running back from Minneapolis (MN) DeLaSalle, received a scholarship offer from Minnesota this past weekend. Unfortunately, he recently suffered a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) hand and missed Wednesday's game versus Breck. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Williams after the game to learn the latest on his injury and recruitment.

Evan Williams moved to quarterback with the former Minneapolis Southwest head coach Sean Sean McMenomy taking over. Williams is putting up monster numbers as a senior. He has rushed for 1,474 yards on 116 carries (12.7 yards per carry) for 21 touchdowns through his first five games. Williams has completed 52 of 83 passes (62.7% completion percentage) for 1,110 yards and nine touchdown passes.

Williams is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with the hand injury. He talked to GoldenSports.Net about how the injury occured.

"Last week against Blake, I was in a scramble and just landed on it wrong and it popped. I am going to rest it next week. I might be able to be back, but just in case, I am going to rest it."

Williams is happy with the team's 7-0 start.

"Of course. We always plan to it every single year at DeLaSalle, taking it all."

Williams was a bit apprehensive before the season about the move to quarterback. However, he is pleased with the transition.

"It has been nice. It's pretty cool. I did not expect it to be as easy as it was. I expected it to be more difficult, but it was nice."

Williams is happy with his recruitment. He received a scholarship from Wyoming and added a second offer this past weekend.

"It is going good. I just got my second offer from the University of Minnesota. It's nice."

Williams had a chance to attend several college camps this summer.

"This summer, I went to Wyoming, Iowa State, Iowa and North Dakota State."

Williams said that his head coach made him aware of the possibility of Minnesota extending a scholarship offer.

"My coach has been talking to me about it. He told me that they had been calling and stuff. I was pumped about that. They told me Friday that the coach was coming in and afterward, I got my scholarship."

Williams attended Minnesota's homecoming game versus Purdue. He didn't tour the school, but said that he is well aware of all of what it has to offer.

"I have always checked out the campus. Just being a hometown kid, I have been down there. Seeing what it is like."

Williams admits that he could see himself playing for the Gophers.

"I like Minnesota. It is on my list, for sure. It is on the top of all the schools I'm looking at. They're a really nice school, so I am just going to wait it out."

Williams has also attended other football games this fall and plans to make a trip this weekend due to the MEA break.

"I've been to a couple of games. I've been the Iowa State game and I am going either Northern Iowa or Wisconsin tomorrow."

Williams said that he has made several unofficial trips, but will wait until the completion of his high school season to make his official vists.

"They have all been unofficals. I am going to my official visits after the season. I'm not really sure which ones right now. It is up in the air. At the end of the season, I am going to narrow it down and get it together."

Williams doesn't have a time frame for making his college decision.

"Once the season is over or maybe later. Getting stuff together. Still talking to schools."

Williams posted a 20 on the ACT and has a 2.2 GPA. He is undecided on a college major, but admits that he wants to stay involved with football.

"I plan on later in life coaching. I might just take that route. Other than that, I haven't really thought about it."

Williams is working hard to improve as an all-around player to get ready for college. He plans to run track this spring to improve his speed.

"This quarterback thing has helped out a lot. It has helped me look at football in a different way. Looking at defenses and reads. It has changed how I look at football now."

The Islanders finished runner-up to Glencoe Silver Lake the past two years. Williams rushed for 2,092 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2008 as they finished 13-1, losing to Glencoe Silver Lake 42-21 in the Prep Bowl and he was named second team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He missed most of the 2007 season with a knee injury.

Williams completed 15 of 19 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 16 tie,s for 291 yards and three touchdowns in a 53-22 opening win over Brooklyn Center. He completed eleven of 21 passes for 224 yards and rushed 25 times for 291 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-28 victory over St. Croix Lutheran.

Williams completed eight of 15 passes for 241 and one touchdown in a 48-0 win over Concordia Academy and rushed 19 times for 223 and four scores. He was eleven of 18 for 189 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball 29 times for 271 yards and three more scores in a 45-12 win over St. Anthony Village.

Williams completed five of seven passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 77-14 win over St. Paul Academy/Mounds Park Academy. He rushed twelve times for 214 yards and two more scores.

Williams used to play basketball and also played on the Howard Pulley AAU program.

DeLaSalle closes the regular season against Minnehaha Academy next Wednesday. The Islanders begin section playoff action the following Tuesday.

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