Williams Looks Ahead To Camps

Lenny Williams threw for 2.237 yards and rushed for another 1,189 yards as a junior, on his way to Big Seven Player of the Year honors. He threw for 25 touchdowns, leading his team to the WPIAL Championship game.

Lenny Williams currently holds offers from Rutgers, Temple and Akron, and he's not opposed to add more.

Williams will look to visit those three schools at some point this summer, but he's also looking at a heavy summer of camps.

"I'm got the three schools that want me, that's all that matters to me," Williams said. "I'm going to go to Pitt, West Virginia, Penn State. I'm going to try to get to Ohio State's camp, maybe to go Michigan State."

Williams said the contact with Pitt hasn't been too steady, but he liked the spring practice he went to, and he's looking forward to going there for a camp. Camping at Ohio State and Michigan State might be more of a long shot for him because of distance.

"Pitt, I don't really keep in contact with them too much," Williams added. "I've gotten letters, but haven't gotten a lot of interest I went to one of their practices and it was good.

"West Virginia, I went there for a game last year. Penn State, I've been there, but haven't been there for football."

Of the three offers, Williams has yet to make it to Rutgers. He has been to Temple once, and plans to get there again. He is also looking for his first trip to Akron.

Former Gateway head coach Terry Smith is recruiting western PA pretty hard, and he's started to land some commits. Williams is another prospect he's left a mark on.

"(Smith) said he wants me to come back just to meet the rest of the coaches," Williams said. "I've been there twice. Their coaches are welcoming. They feel like family, my mom is comfortable with them. They show a lot of love. Out of all the schools that have offered, they're number one on my list.

"Rutgers, I'm going there on the 7th (of June), the week of their camp. I've watched them the past couple years. They're getting better. I can definitely say they're up there. Their players are getting better. They're heading to the Big Ten, where there's better competition, more exposure. They'll get even higher-ranked kids, going to the Big Ten."

Just getting ready for his senior season is very heavy on his mind, as well. The Vikings advanced to the WPIAL Class A Championship game last year, losing to eventual state champion Clairton. Williams conveyed a lot of excitement, just taking about working with his teammates in conditioning for the upcoming season.

"We've been ready since November," Williams said. "We lost, and we kind of took it very personal. As soon as the season was over, we got everyone in the weight room. A lot of people are buying into it, willing to do it. We're going to be all right. We only had five seniors leaving, so there's a lot of kids coming back. Our young guys are going to step up, do what they can, we should be all right."

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