Bo knows running

The University of Pittsburgh has successfully recruited a number of outstanding prospects from the state of Florida. It appears that Head Coach Dave Wannstedt has discovered a big play running back from Oakland Park, FL. Read on for details.

"I have scholarship offers from North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Louisville, Connecticut, Kentucky, Central Florida, West Virginia, Florida and Nebraska," stated speedy running back Bo Williams (6-foot-1 inches, 208 pounds) from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL. "My top three schools right now are North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Central Florida. I don't have a favorite."

Northeast High School's season was cut short due to the hurricanes in Florida. Despite the shortened season, Williams rushed for nearly 800 yards on 83 carries (8.6 yards per carry).

"I was excited when the offer came through from Pittsburgh. They like to run the ball and that's a great thing for a running back. Academics will be my main focus when choosing a school, but their offense will have to be a run-first offense. I'm hoping to major in physical therapy."

Williams is a rare combination of size and speed. Widely known as a track star, he has transferred his blazing speed onto the football field. Bo won the Junior Olympics 200-meter title with a time of 21.92 seconds. He recently topped that mark with a 21.7 time, the fastest in Florida this year.

"I have power and speed. I'm a strong north-south runner. People are usually surprised when they see my moves. I'm fast but tough to bring down because of my size."

"My goal right now is get to bigger, stronger and faster over the summer. Hopefully I can get up to Pittsburgh and see what their program is all about. I don't want to make a decision until I have been to all of the schools I like. Like I said, the Panthers are in my top three. Leaving the state of Florida doesn't bother me at all."

"Bo is a big, physical kid with tremendous speed," stated Northeast High School Head Football Coach Adam Ratkevich. "He was an elite track guy and they junior Olympic 100-meter champion."

"Coach (Dave) Wannstedt was there when Pitt was recruiting his friend Audie Augustine and I could see he was eyeballing Bo. He's a physically impressive young man. You don't see too many players his size with that type of speed. Bo is still learning the position and he's only getting better."

When Coach Ratkevich was asked if Williams was a North Carolina State lock due to his relationship with Audie Augustine, he stated, "Not at all. Bo is very open to all of the schools recruiting him. I know he is very high on the Panthers."

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