Williams Captures State Track Title

A receiver at perennial Texas power Southlake Carroll, Peyton Williams holds offers from Pitt, Colorado, North Texas and Memphis.

It's been a busy spring for receiver prospect Peyton Williams with track and spring football going on. This past weekend, Williams' 4x400 relay team captured a state championship.

"I had a low 48 in my split, which wasn't my best, but we won with a time of 3:13," Williams said.

Williams turns his attention back to recruiting. He's pleased with the offers he has so far, which includes one from Pitt. Panther quarterbacks coach Todd Dodge was the former head coach at Southlake Carroll, where he compiled a 79-1 record in his final five seasons there, complete with four state championships. Williams said he's known Dodge for quite some time.

"It's good," Williams said of his relationship with Dodge. "I've known coach Dodge for awhile. We have a good relationship. Other than that, I don't know any other coaches at Pitt."

While he's not familiar with other members of the staff, he has learned a bit about Pitt in talking with Dodge. He's at the early stages of planning his summer visits, but Pitt is one of the places he wants to get up to.

"It's a big-time school," Williams added. "I think I'm going to head up there this summer. I haven't gone for a visit or anything, but I look at them online. I like it. They share facilities with the Steelers. They have great facilities. I like that."

In his junior year, Williams caught 55 passes for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned all-district honors. Pitt's new offense is also something that excites him.

"We run that here, so I'm used to it," Williams said. "We throw the ball around. The receivers get the ball a lot."

In addition to turning his attention to recruiting, Southlake Carroll takes part in an active 7-on-7 season during the summer, that's built around a state championship held at Texas A&M in July. Williams said his team will immediately prepare for advancing in the qualifying rounds for this elite state tournament.

"I think we're going to be real good; real, real good," Williams said. "We have our quarterback coming back. All of our receivers are coming back. Our offensive lineman, we have a lot of linemen. We're going to be strong this year."

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