Philadelphia (PA) West Catholic had a pretty exciting week heading into the Pitt camp. He picked up verbal offers from Pitt and UConn, followed up by another offer from Temple; all this coming prior to the start of his junior year.
Saturday, he showed why he has attracted a lot of this early interest. After rushing for 924 yards on 100 carries as a sophomore, on his way to All-Catholic honors in Philadelphia and second-team all-state honors, Williams displayed the kind of speed Todd Graham and company covet for their fast-pace, high-octane system.
"I came out there with Brandon Chatmon, and I ran a 4.39 in my forty," Williams said. "That's the fastest time I've ever run. I was shocked. Usually, I am in the 4.4s. Overall, I was just getting closer with the (Pitt) coaches."
In one-on-ones, and in some of the 7-on-7 pass skeleton drills, Williams lined up at his natural running back and at receiver as well. He caught one pass over the middle in coverage, then out ran the entire secondary for a touchdown on one play. On that play, he proved that he has game speed in addition to a great time in the 40.
"(Playing receiver) wasn't really awkward to me," Williams added. "I play receiver in 7-on-7, when we have 7-on-7. I was pretty comfortable with it. It really fits me perfect. I really like the offense. I was really impressed."
With all the hype surrounding this fast-pace, no-huddle type of offense that Pitt plans to run this year, Williams had an interesting observation on the Pitt camp as a whole.
"It was a really good camp, it went by pretty fast," Williams said. "Normally camps go so slow, I'm normally ready to leave. Pitt went by fast. It goes by faster when you're having fun."
He also had a chance to get a better feel for the coaches.
"I talked to coach (Calvin) Magee the running backs coach and coach Mike (Norvell), the wide receiver coach," Williams said. "I also talked to (head) coach (Todd) Graham. They were basically talking about how they're there for me, how they're family-oriented, and about Pitt too; how they'll educate me."