of Ohio's top running backs this year is Pernell Williams.
Pernell hails from Dayton and used to attend Chaminade-Julienne, but he
is not completely sure where he will be attending for his senior year.
Duane Long has called Pernell "The Dancing Man" because of his spectacular
feet. "He has outstanding
instincts and does a great job in the passing game," Duane wrote.
We had a chance to catch up with Pernell recently.
He is currently 5-11, 198, and has a 4.5 40.
While at C-J, Pernell rushed for over 1,300 yards and had 22 touchdowns
as a sophomore and was named team MVP. He
only played in eight games as a junior and had an excellent sophomore running
back by the name of Javon Ringer sharing time with him, but he still rushed for
900 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a
freshman, he started at safety and had 65 solo tackles.
Pernell wants to continue to play both ways this year, but
he is looking to be a tailback in college.
He lists four schools of interest right now: Michigan, Michigan State,
Ohio State, and Penn State. "I
like those four, but the big two are Ohio State and Michigan," Pernell said.
"I got a whole bunch of letters from all of them." Pernell
said his favorite right now is Michigan.
Pernell wants to take visits, but he doesn't want to go
too far away from home, saying the farthest he'd want to go is the next state
over from Ohio. He sounds like a
Big Ten-kind of guy.
Here are a few more quotes from Pernell:
On camps: "I'll
probably go to Ohio State (this year)," he said. "I was invited to go to the All-American thing, but I got
my packet too late."
On an offer from Michigan State: "The beginning of
my sophomore year they offered me and Anthony Turner," Pernell said.
(Since then, MSU has gotten a new coaching staff. "(Chaminade-Julienne
head coach) Coach (Jim) Place said they are probably busy with all the seniors
this year," Pernell said.)
Important factors in choosing a college: "Environment,
family atmosphere, the program."
NFL player's game he compares his to: "Ricky Willams."