Evan Williams Gets Recruiting Interest

Evan Williams, a 6-foot, 191-pound quarterback/running back from Minneapolis (MN) DeLaSalle, had an outstanding senior season. He helped lead the Islanders to an 11-1 mark and was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team that was honored during halftime of the Minnesota-Cincinnati game. Williams received a scholarship offer from Minnesota in October.

Evan Williams moved to quarterback this season with the former Minneapolis Southwest head coach Sean Sean McMenomy taking over. The move paid off as Williams put up monster numbers as a senior. He rushed for 2,201 yards on 186 carries (11.8 yards per carry) for 31 touchdowns in ten games. Williams has completed 66 of 106 passes (62.3% completion percentage) for 1,266 yards and ten touchdown passes.

Williams missed two games with a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) hand, but returned for the playoffs. He rushed five times for 176 yards and three touchdowns against St. Paul Acad./Mounds Park Academy in an 80-8 first round win. Williams had 28 rushes for 261 yards and three scores against St. Paul Johnson and 22 carries for 256 and four rushing touchdowns versus St. Croix Lutheran.

The Islanders, who finished runner-up to Glencoe Silver Lake in the Prep Bowl in 2007 and 2008, lost to the them in the state quarterfinals 6-3. Williams was limited to 34 rushing and 43 yards passing.

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 received a scholarship offer from Minnesota and Wyoming and visited Northern Iowa two weeks ago, returning Sunday to be honored as a member of the Minnesota Vikings All-State team. He plans to make an official visit to Minnesota in January.

Williams had a chance to attend several college camps this summer which he discussed with GoldenSports.Net in a story that was published in October.

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

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