Mario Williams continues to find new ways to play a football game. He is a top five defensive end and his play at tight end has earned him some respect as well. The latest discovery came this past week when Richland Coach Kevin Wilson played him at running back last Friday night against Swansboro. The 7-1 Wildcats were all knotted up against the pirates through the first three quarters of the game. Williams had a answer to the deadlock, from his new found position. "I have been playing tight end on offense, but coach played me at running back against Swansboro. I scored a 24 yard touchdown" said Mario. "It was fun running the ball." Mario's touchdown run was the first play of the fourth quarter and catapulted Richland to a 28-7 win. He amassed 93 yards in his rushing debut. Oh, by the way, he played good defense registering two quarterback sacks.
Williams also has been busy handling his recruiting process. He has made one official visit to USC, October the 5th. Williams talked about his visit to Columbia. "I went down to South Carolina to take my first official visit. USC was playing Mississippi State. They have a pretty good football team. They have a DE (position) that plays like a OLB. Its a nice school and state. Coach Holtz is a great guy."
Mario also has visits lined up to Tennessee (12-9), Clemson (12-16), Ohio State (11-23), and NC State (12-6). Williams commitment to NC State is still in effect, but he is checking his options out. "I am still committed to NC State. I like them a lot. I am exploring my options. I'll take my visits and then finalize my decision in early December."
When you are a top ranked player, the recruiting process can be a bit overwhelming, however that is not the case for the Richland DE/TE/RB. Mario explained, "I am having fun with it (recruiting). All the schools say 'Come to school here'. My whole high school career has been a lot of hype and recognition, so the comments about me is nothing unusual and I try not let them effect me."
Williams has made a few friends on the recruiting path. He has attended games with Pack prospect Tank Tyler and fellow commitment Chris Hawkins. "I have become friends with Chris and Tank. We have been to some NC State games and we hang out while we are there" said Willaims.
Richland is currently ranked 8th in the state in their division. They find themselves in 2nd place in the East Central 2-A Conference. They lost three weeks ago to East Duplin 35-24. Williams was not happy with the results of that game and explained what happened. "Our offense had over 400 yards passing that game, but we threw an interception that they ran back for a touchdown that ended the game. Our defense didn't even have a chance to stop that play."