Bo Williams discusses Pitt visit

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of establishing a physical, "run first" offense. Bo Williams from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL happens to be one of the top prospects on the Panther recruiting radar. He recently spoke to the about his future visit.

"Our record is 5-3 right now and we're coming off a tough loss to Dillard High School," stated blue-chip running back Bo Williams (6-foot-1 inches, 210 pounds) from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL. "We're probably not going to make it to the playoffs. We already had a pretty small offensive line and two of our starters were recently injured. I'm probably bigger than half of our offensive line so it's been a tough rushing year." ranks Williams the 19th best running back in the nation and a "four star" recruit. Widely known as a track star prior to his junior year, he transferred his blazing speed onto the football field. Bo won the Junior Olympics 200-meter title with a time of 21.92 seconds. He topped that mark with a 21.7 times, the fastest in Florida that year.

Panthers Assistant Charlie Partridge recently visited Northeast High School and extended an oral offer to Williams' teammate Jim Maitland. When asked about his reaction, he stated, "I was really excited and happy to about that offer. Jim is one hell of a player. He's big and physical and the best lead blocker in Florida."

"Two schools have offered him now, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State. Jim seems more excited about the Panthers," he said.

Williams, along with teammates Jim Maitland (fullback), Josh Hartigan (linebacker) and Darian Williams (wide receiver) are set to visit the Panthers on December 8th. Bo has previously visited Nebraska (9/8) and North Carolina (9/22). He will visit Florida State the first week of December (12/8).

"I'm excited to visit Pittsburgh and spend a lot more time with the coaches. Right now the Panthers look like a real strong option. Their offer to Jim was huge for me."

Pitt, Florida State, Auburn, Nebraska, Central Florida, Boston College, Louisville and North Carolina State are amongst the plethora of schools that have offered Bo a scholarship. He has rushed for nearly 800 yards on 101 carries this season.

Pitt has already received verbal commitments from running back Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna Preparatory School in Hollywood, FL and running back/fullback Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 235 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA.

"I might take a look at Louisville and Central Florida, but I'm pretty much down to the schools I have visited. The Panthers are looking really strong right now. They want to run the ball and I think I can see some serious playing time there."

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