Williams Talks Favorites

Travis Williams attended the spring games at both North Carolina and Virginia Tech and was impressed with what he saw. "North Carolina was pretty good," Williams said. "They had a nice little crowd and I really like the coaches there. Virginia Tech had a lot more people at the spring game. The crowd was great and I actually already know a lot of the guys on the team. It was great to see them..."

Travis Williams, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound three-star outside linebacker from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va., has already attended camps at Maryland and Penn State and will be heading to Virginia Tech in July.

Williams, ranked as the No. 36 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but says he now favors Penn State, West Virginia, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. All of his favorites have offered as well as LSU, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse and East Carolina.

He says the Nittany Lions are the only school recruiting him as a safety. "Penn State is amazing," Williams said. "I love the downtown area and the stadium is huge. The whole campus is great.

"All the coach there seem really cool too," he said. "(Defense/Cornerbacks) coach Tom Bradley is laid-back, but means business. (Offensive tackles/tight ends) coach Bill Kenney is very happy all the time and (wide receiver/recruiting coordinator) coach Mike McQueary is very animated and loud…they're all great."

Williams says the school that is recruiting him the hardest is West Virginia. "I like the type of players they produce," he said. "They have a great team and have been doing really well the last few years. I also really like their colors…they aren't just black and red like so many teams."

He says he'll be visiting Morgantown, W.V., later this summer. The Mountaineers are the only school in Williams's top five that he hasn't visited yet.

Growing up, Williams says he followed Miami. "I love all the big-time players they had," he said. "They had guys like Ray Lewis, Sean Taylor and Devin Hester.

"I also like the speed they play with," he said. "They also like to play young guys, so I like my chances of playing early. I really like the area down there in Miami and the weather is always great."

Williams attended the spring games at both North Carolina and Virginia Tech and was impressed with what he saw.

"North Carolina was pretty good," he said. "They had a nice little crowd and I really like the coaches there.

"Virginia Tech had a lot more people at the spring game," he said. "The crowd was great and I actually already know a lot of the guys on the team. It was great to see them again. It was like going home."

Williams also runs track (10.5 100m; 21.8 200m). "I don't really like track though," he said. "I'm only doing football (in college)."

He says he doesn't have a timeframe for a decision. "I'll have a set top five by the end of the summer," he said. "I want to be able to take some official visits and don't want to overlook anybody.

"I like playing in good weather and I'm a city boy, so I'd rather be near a city," he said. "But mainly I just want to fit in and feel at home.

"I'll go wherever I fit in best," Williams said. "I want to play for a national championship someday and I'd love to play early. I want to feel like I'm an active part of the team."

Williams finished his junior season with 68 tackles, 15 sacks and two fumbles caused. Offensively, he had 32 receptions for 632 yards and four touchdowns.

"I'm pretty strong and have a good upper body," he said. "I fly to the ball and have great speed. Not too many running backs can block me. I have great footwork and hands."

Williams says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 350 and has a 35-inch vertical jump.

"I want to work on my agility and quickness," he said. "I want to react faster and get my legs stronger."

Williams reports a 2.4 core GPA and took the ACT on June 13.

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