WR/DB Bruce Williams (5-11, 190 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40) from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse may be the least known player from his class 2A state championship squad. With 4-star WR Lavar Lobdell and QB Greg Paulus garnering most of the recruiting headlines, Williams quietly went about putting together one of the most impressive senior seasons of any athlete in the country. On offense he collected an eye-popping 103 receptions for 1,546 yards and 28 touchdowns while registering 58 tackles and eight interceptions on defense en route to all-city honors.
Perhaps Christian Brothers head coach Joe Castamento summed it up best when he told Scout.com earlier this year, "He is the best player on this team. He is a monster on the field. Bruce is such a good player and I don't know how he does it. He is not the biggest and not the fastest, but nobody can cover him. The kid is always open. We call him the ‘Genius.'"
Williams has already collected scholarship offers from Rutgers, West Virginia and Penn State with attention coming from numerous other schools. The senior athlete made his first official visit to West Virginia earlier this month and came away impressed with the Mountaineers.
"West Virginia was really nice," said Williams. "I liked it a lot but I can't say too much because I really can't say too much because I don't have too much to compare it to. It was nice hanging out with the players though."
Next up for Williams is a Jan 7 date with NC State. He said that he's been impressed with what he's heard of the Wolfpack program.
"First off, coach Barry is good friends with my coach here. They came up here and were watching me and Lavar. They hadn't officially offered yet but they told me they weren't bringing me down just to be on vacation. I really like their program and they've got a good business school. They also have put a lot of guys in the NFL and plus, it's in a place where it's not too hot and not too cold. They told me that they'd like to give me a shot at playing offense and defense."
Lobdell will be accompanying Williams on his visit to NC State and the two have talked about the potential of playing together in college.
"Well State is already pushing hard for Lavar since they've already offered him," said Williams. "But it would be nice if Lavar, our FB Brian Bojko (6-3, 225 pounds, 4.65-seconds in the 40) and me could all go to the same school. Brian's going down to NC State at the end of the month. It would give you a comfort level just knowing that someone was already there that you're familiar with. Plus, with Lavar going deep and attracting attention, it would open me up underneath to do what I do best."
Williams also has an official visit set with Rutgers for Jan 21 and plans to set up a visit with Penn State in the near future. He projects as a full academic qualfier.