Williams Poised For Great Senior Season

East Cleveland Shaw wide receiver Tyrone Williams is poised to have a great season in 2009. Williams, who missed most of his junior year with a knee injury, is the top-rated receiver in Ohio and is drawing a lot of recruiting attention. Bill Greene visited with Williams and filed this report.

East Cleveland Shaw star wide receiver Tyrone Williams is ready to explode in 2009. Williams is one of the highest rated prospects in Ohio even though he missed most of his junior season after suffering a knee injury.

Shaw finished the 2008 regular season undefeated and expectations are high for the upcoming season.

"I think we're going to be really good this year," Williams told BuckeyeSports.com. "I think we are going to be better than last year. We are a more confident team. All of the seniors know this is our last shot and we want to go out on top."

Williams, 6-6 and 215 pounds, has totally recovered from the injury that ended his junior season prematurely.

"My knee is 110 percent right now and I have no worries about it," he said. "I go through every practice without missing a play and I'm in every contact drill. I wear a brace for protection, but I don't even know it's there. Sometimes I forget to wear it and the coaches have to remind me."

Williams is drawing a lot of recruiting attention and is focused on several schools, including Ohio State.

"Ohio State is a great program obviously," he stressed. "I like the facilities and I like the coaching staff a lot. I'm being recruited by Taver Johnson. We speak every few weeks and we get along well. Coach [Darrell] Hazell talks to me too and we have a good relationship. I like how he helps put receivers into the NFL. Coach [Jim] Tressel is a great coach and a great man. I like Ohio State a lot."

"I like West Virginia a lot too," he continued. "I have a former teammate down there and he likes it a lot. I like the style of play at West Virginia. I haven't visited there yet but I plan on it. Kansas has a great style of play too. Their receivers catch a lot of balls and I'm interested in them. Cincinnati is a school I really like a lot. The people were great to me when I visited and I like their coaching staff a lot. I will probably go back there again during the season."

Williams is in no hurry to make a decision and said he is concentrating on finding the right fit.

"I'm just looking for the place I feel most comfortable," he stressed. "Distance isn't a factor at all. I want to play got great coaches and with great teammates. I need to take visits and see what's out there. I want to major in criminal justice in college."

Williams has also improved his academic standing in the last year, but still has some work to do.

"I'm going to visit Ohio State on Thursday with my mom and my head coach," he said. "They have told me I need to raise my ACT score one point and also keep my grade point average where it is now. It will be good for my mom to see Ohio State and meet Coach Tressel. I won't be committing to Ohio State, or anyone else soon. I want to take visits in the fall to have different schools to compare to. There are new schools coming in on me every day, like Tennessee, so I want to see how I do this season, and see who else is interested."

We will continue to track Williams during his season and will follow up with him on his Buckeye visit.


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