Nittany Lions in the Picture

Isiah Williams, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound, quarterback, from Chicago (Vocational) is a four-star and "National Hot 100" prospect, according to Williams is verbally committed to the University of Illinois but the Illini won't be the only school that Isiah visits this season.

"I'm committed to Illinois but I owe it to myself to see what else is out there and check out all my options." Isiah Williams said.

"I don't want to have any regrets down the road and I want to make sure that Illinois is the place for me.

"I'm definitely going to visit Ohio State. I've been talking to Tennessee about a visit and I'd like to visit North Carolina as well.

"Penn State is in the picture now. I've been e-mailing Coach (Joe) Paterno and I'm trying to set up a visit with them but it all depends on the weekend. Penn State has always been high on my list."

What does this mean for Illinois? Business as usual, the recruiting business is something that doesn't stop after a verbal commitment is made.

The Illinois staff just like every other coaching staff around the country will have to continue to recruit their verbal commitments until February.

Every coaching staff is different and there are some coaches who feel that once a verbal commitment is made, the dating process for that prospect is over and he is engaged to his program.

There are also head coaches who don't mind their verbally committed prospects making sure that they want to sign with their program and allow official visits to other schools.

Ron Zook had to deal with stuff like this at Florida. He knows once college coaches can begin calling prospects in the fall that he and his staff will need to be on their toes. Illini assistants Reggie Mitchell and Mike Locksley will definitely be keeping close tabs on Isiah Williams.

Williams was one of the most impressive prospects on the All-American Combine circuit. "Juice" threw for 982 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed the ball 843 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Williams has a rocket arm and his pocket presence is exceptional. Isiah moves well outside the pocket and can make every throw on the field. Williams also shows a nice touch and will throw the deep ball with touch and accuracy.


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