Recently,2015 TB prospect Ryan Williams 5’11” 185 Lee’s Summit (MO) West took his official visit to Missouri. Over the past several years, he’d been to Missouri a lot, too many times to count. He’d camped at Missouri for football and basketball, even before Missouri made him one of the first in his class to receive an offer from the Tigers almost two years ago.
Last February, not long after his good friend and former high school teammate, Logan Cheadle, had signed to play cornerback with Missouri, and nearly a year after Missouri had offered, Williams gave the Tigers his verbal commitment.
The fact that Missouri offered Williams so early shows just what the Tigers thought of him. And, the fact that he committed to Missouri so early says a little about how he feels about the Tigers. There’s also no doubt that his early solid commitment to Missouri is the reason that he didn’t receive more recruiting interest from others. Most schools simply didn’t waste their time.
From the time I saw Williams return a kick-off as a freshman in the greatest high school football game I’ve ever seen, Staley’s 2011 state semifinal 76-70 (4 OT) win over Williams’ Titans, I couldn’t wait to see him carry the football for Mizzou.
In June, Williams will join three other current Missouri players who played in that game, including TB Morgan Steward, who joined with former Missouri QB Trent Hosick in leading Staley that night, and on to a perfect 14-0 season, and a pair of former Titan teammates in Cheadle and Missouri starting center Evan Boehm. Missouri offensive lineman Kevin Pendleton, who later played with Cheadle and Williams at Lee's Summit West, wasn't on that 2011 team.
Over the last two seasons at West, Williams has averaged 7.4 yards/carry, and has also become an accomplished receiver out of the backfield, or in the slot. His two-year junior-senior totals at West include 2,591 all-purpose yards.
So after his recent official visit, I spoke with Ryan, and he talked about his weekend at Missouri. And, he said that he's looking forward to getting started at Mizzou.
“I enjoyed my Missouri visit a lot,” said Williams. “They showed me around and fed me really well. I got to see the dorms, and some other things I hadn’t seen before. I got to hang out with Logan and the guys.”
I asked Williams what was the best part about the Missouri visit? He didn’t hesitate with his answer.
“The food,” chuckled Williams.
Williams is playing basketball for West, and he plans to sign with Missouri in February. He’ll be on campus at Missouri in June. He said he already knows he'll have to work on his pass protection.
Williams said that his weekend at Missouri was fun. Not restful, but fun.
“I enjoyed it,” said Williams. “I didn’t get much sleep.”