No other player burst onto the scene last season in the state of Ohio like Cleveland Benedictine's Ray Williams. Williams tore it up on the ground for over 3,000 rushing yards and immediately became recognized as one of the best players in Northeast Ohio. The whole state is waiting to see what he'll do for an encore, but in between then, he'll be very busy on the recruiting scene.
Williams has been invited to several junior days, including Ohio State, Boston College, Iowa, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, and Indiana, but he hasn't made it to any of them yet. One he is thinking of attending is Iowa as it is still on the horizon.
Which of those schools has the edge right now?
"Ohio State's my clear favorite," Ray said. "Iowa and Pittsburgh would be the others."
Ray stands at 5-11, 185 pounds and recently ran a 4.53 at a combine that was held in Cleveland. He has clocked at 4.47 at school. He played both defensive back and running back at Benedictine, and he could do either/or in college.
"I don't know what I want to do as far as playing CB or RB in college," he said. "I played corner earlier in the year and they moved me to safety to put me in the middle of the field."
Ray is still trying to sort out his camp plans for the
summer. "I will definitely go to the Nike Camp and Ohio State,"
he said, but he and some teammates are also talking about possibly going to some
other camps, like Penn State or Tennessee.
Ray has played different sports in the past, but the focus is shifting to football.
"I have played basketball in the past, but I'm not
going to play this year, and I'm not sure about running track," he said.
Ray is also working academically as he recently took his test and is expecting a test score back soon. He's going to take it again in April.
Ray Williams is one of Ohio's most exciting players. We can't wait to see what he does in 2003.