Williams still set on Pitt

Cornerback Bryan Williams from Buchtel High School in Akron, OH was considered one of the top defensive prospects in the Panthers recruiting class of 2005. He is currently attending Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA attempting to improve his academic status. We recently contacted Bryan to receive an update on his prep school experience.

"Things at Valley Forge are going very well. I'm improving in the classroom and as a player," stated Williams (6 foot, 190 pounds). "Coach (Jim) Burner is very good and I feel like I'm improving every day."

Williams was named first team All-Ohio Division III as a running back after rushing for 1,897 yards and scoring 26 touchdowns as a senior. Scout.com ranked him the 77th best cornerback in the nation.

"I have been playing on both sides of the ball. At first I didn't start at running back but they made me the starter in the middle of the year. I started at cornerback in the beginning of the year, but they had to move me to strong safety due to some injuries. Either way, I ended up starting on both sides of the ball and getting a ton of playing time. We won the conference championship. That was a great feeling."

When asked about his thoughts on the Pitt Panthers, he boldly replied, "I can't wait to get to Pitt. I keep in touch with the coaches, especially Coach (Bob) Junko. My goal is to take classes over the summer and enroll at Pitt next January."

"One of my teammates Jeff Otah (6-ft-7 inches, 340 pounds) is coming to Pitt next year. He's going to make an impact there, trust me. He's one big dude."

Williams wasn't shy to talk about his future head coach. "Coach (Dave) Wannstedt seems like a great guy," he said. "I have talked with him on the phone. He seems like a down to earth guy but someone that can get you real motivated."

"I like the direction the Panther football program is taking. I have been working hard on the football field and in the classroom. It looks like everything should work out and I should be in Pittsburgh sometime next year. I want to join them in January and participate in spring practice."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.


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