Bo Williams "shocked" by Pitt

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. He recently attended summer camp at Pitt. Read on for details.

"I got back from camp in Pittsburgh a week ago and I'm still talking about it," stated speedy running back prospect Bo Williams (6-foot-1 inches, 211 pounds) from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL. "I thought that Pittsburgh would be nice, but I was shocked. It was amazing."

Pitt, Florida State, Auburn, Nebraska, Central Florida, Boston College, Louisville and North Carolina State are amongst the plethora of schools that have offered Williams a scholarship. 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 have offers coming in every day, but I really like what I saw at Pittsburgh. They are firmly in my top five, probably top three. I think Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Charlie) Partridge area both great guys."

Williams was quick to pinpoint playing time as the primarily factor for his interest in the Panthers. "I like everything about the school, but I'm a competitor and I want to play," he said. "Pitt has a smaller jet back starting for them right now. I don't think they have someone like me. I'm a solid 6-foot-1 inches, 211 pounds. I have power and speed. I like to think I'm a complete running back."

"I know I would have to work for it, but I could see myself starting for the Panthers as a freshman. We have a great fullback. His name is Jimmy Matland (6-foot-1 inches, 230 pounds). If they offer Jimmy, I'll commit the same day. Jimmy is the real deal."

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 want to go to a school that's going to run the ball. Academics are important to me as well. I want to major in physical therapy. I'm going to take a few more visits and make my final decision before the season starts."

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