Junior Prospect - Pernell Williams

One 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 the best players he's faced: "Shawn Crable is #1… Nick LarkinNick MangoldDoug PennoE.J. Underwood's younger brother (Brandon)… a lot of Northmont players."

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."


Pernell Williams is one of several outstanding Ohio running backs to keep an eye on this year!

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