The decision was made. Isiah Williams knew where he wanted to play football in college. But, it is not a done deal quite yet.
A couple months ago, the four-star quarterback prospect from Chicago Vocational High in Chicago, Ill., verbally committed to his home state school, Illinois. Because Williams has not signed a letter of intent, he is still technically fair game for recruiters. Now, he plans to take a look at some other schools — including Penn State — to see what they may have to offer before he signs on letter-of-intent day in February.
I just want to get out there and see what other schools have to offer me, I don't want to say [my recruitment] is completely opened back up, Williams said. I just want to see what they have to offer me. It won't hurt to go out there and see what other schools have to offer me.
Despite the commitment to the Illini, Williams still hears from other schools who are interested in his services.
Everything has slowed down since the May evaluation, Williams said. I'm committed to Illinois. I'm sill getting a lot of calls from schools. I'm still willing to take a look and see what everyone has to offer.
Williams has not set up any official visits because his Chicago Vocational High School plays most of its games on Saturday.
Most of my games take place on Saturday, Williams said. I have a few Friday night games, like three weeks from now. It's just a matter of me being able to schedule it.
Even though this weekend the Nittany Lions are in his backyard as they take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Williams will not be able to check out the game because he has to play that day himself. However, Williams did say that he plans on taking an official visit to Penn State once he is able to get a free weekend to make the trip.
Penn State, I like the tradition there, Williams said. They're a great football team traditionally. The things that Paterno is doing I like. I can see myself in a place like that, a place that wants to get better. Academically, they say it's a good school. Everything sounds pretty good right about now.
Williams mother, Anita Williams, is confident her son will fit in where ever he goes to school
Loving, caring, humble, happy and going all the time, she said when describing Isiah. He's got this special distinction about him. He's got this loving atmosphere about him. He's never changed. Everybody loves him. People don't love him for the things he's done on the field, people love him for his personality. And that's just him.
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