Focus 2007: Morgan Williams

It is a big year for the running back in the Buckeye State. There may be as many as five top tier players who could be considered as the state's top back. Morgan Williams may have put his name at the top of that list by exploding onto the scene with a phenomenal junior season.

Morgan Williams, a 6-foot-0, 190 pound, running back from McKinley High in Canton, Ohio will be considered as one of the Midwest's top backs by the time it is all said and done.

"I think slasher would be a good way to describe my game. I also think I am a finesse runner that can pick the right hole and use that to my advantage. I am just trying to keep working hard in the off season and get myself in as best shape as possible for next year," Williams explained.

The four-star prospect has yet to reel in his first official offer, but there is a host of top programs interested, and two of those schools may be on the cusp of extending him that honor.

"The recruiting process has been really exciting. I have been getting a lot of letters from Illinois, Ohio State, Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa, Miami, LSU, and well basically all of the Big 10 schools. They have been inviting me out to junior days and things like that, but I have just not been able to go to any of them because of my basketball schedule."

"I think that Illinois and Notre Dame are two schools that are probably the closest to offering me a scholarship," Williams assumingly replied.

Williams, who plays against some of the top competition in the state of Ohio on a week-to-week basis, is honored that these upper tier programs are looking at him, and he is using that as motivation for his off-season training regimen.

"Hearing from the those type of schools has given me a lot of encouragement to keep on doing what I have been doing. Keep working hard in the off-season and get myself in as best shape as possible for next year. Hopefully the extra work will help me to lead my team to a state title next season."

Williams got the opportunity to tour one campus last season on an unofficial visit.

"I went to an Ohio State game last year when they played Iowa. I enjoyed the experience and the environment down there. I kind of have a special connection to Ohio State, because most of the McKinley players have went to Ohio State, It is easy to have a connection with them because of that," Williams said.

Williams would not rule out the possibility that he could be an early verbal if the right offer were to come along, but he is also prepared to take it down to the wire.

"I will probably wait and see what opens up for me."

Williams rushed for 2,400 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior and received All-State, All-District, and All-Conference honors for his efforts.

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