Recruiting News - Pernell Williams, Gerald Cadogan

Dayton (OH) Jefferson RB Pernell Williams is set to have a big year this year. The standout is looking to stay in the Big Ten and hopes to get some offers from the big schools in the conference. Meanwhile, Portsmouth OL Gerald Cadogan is starting to get attention from the big schools in the Big Ten...

Running back Pernell Williams has finally found a home at Dayton Jefferson High School. After making a couple stops with other schools, Williams is fitting in well with the Bronco offense and is making a big impact at the same time. Ranked within the top 30 players in Ohio by Ohio's Future Stars magazine, Williams is also making a notable impression with top college programs.

Williams is a quick back with exceptional feet and speed. At 5'11", 205 pounds, Williams runs a 4.4 forty time. He has good vision up field, which enables him to hit the holes hard, bounce outside, and keeping going up field to gain those all-important extra yards.

A self-described Ricky Williams type player, Pernell Williams rushed for 900 yards and 9 touchdowns last season. He has already received offers from Michigan State and Cincinnati. When asked if there were any schools he would like to be hearing from more, Williams said, "Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan…pretty much any school in the Big Ten. I want to play in the Big Ten."

Overall, Williams has enjoyed the recruiting process as a whole. "I like meeting the coaches, talking to them, and checking out the campuses."

Already focused beyond his college career, Williams plans on studying education and becoming a teacher. "I like history. I want to teach Social Studies, American History, or World History."

Every athlete has a play, game, or performance that he or she is most proud of. For Pernell Williams, his proudest moment was overcoming a 21-point deficit against Purcell-Marian (Cincinnati) his sophomore season to win the game. On the other hand, Williams say his most embarrassing moment was fumbling twice in a game against Northmont (OH).

Away from the field, Pernell enjoys hanging out with his friends and watching his favorite teams in action. "I like Michigan, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Browns."

--Why these teams?

"I have always been a Browns fan, and I really like the Bucs. I like John Gruden, I think he is a really good coach."

--And who are your favorite players?

"I like Peter Warrick. He just blows your mind with some of the stuff he does. Ricky Williams is an idol back. He is someone you want to be like."

Now that Pernell Williams has found a program to settle into, look for his numbers to get even better in the upcoming season. With his size and speed, his potential to put up some great numbers this season will improve his stock, which could undoubtedly land him with a big-time football program.

The stock of Portsmouth OL Gerald Cadogan keeps going up.  Gerald's mother Maureen e-mailed us and informed us that Michigan recently offered Gerald a scholarship and that they plan on checking out the campus there next weekend after Gerald completes a week at Boy's State.  They also recently were up at Northwestern for a mini-camp and came away very impressed.  The Wildcats are now one of the schools at the top of the list and the plan is that they will get one of Gerald's official visits. 

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