Greg Williams discusses his Pitt commitment

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt received an early Christmas present when speedy running back Greg Williams from Naples, FL verbally committed to Pitt. The recently spoke with Williams about his decision.

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt was in the process of wrapping up his pre-Christmas recruiting agenda when he received a pleasant surprise. "Coach Wannstedt contacted me to let me know he would be visiting my house. I told him shortly after that I wanted to commit to Pitt," stated Greg Williams (6-foot-2 inches, 210 pounds) from Barron Collier High School in Naples, FL. "He was shocked by my commitment. I think he thought I was going to hold out longer."

Barron Collier High School finished with a 5-4 record and missed the playoffs. Despite a mediocre season, William shined on the football field. He rushed for 1,481 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Greg started at outside linebacker as well. He has been a three year starter on both sides of the ball.

When asked about why he chose Pitt over West Virginia and a host of other schools, he stated, "I wasn't one specific thing. I really liked Coach (Aubrey) Hill. We talk all the time and he always has been there for me. Our conversations go beyond football. We talk about all sorts of things. He made a huge impression on me and I knew he would look out for me at Pitt."

"I got to know the entire coaching staff on my visit and I thought they were great. I felt comfortable with all of them and I could see myself playing for them."

William's official visit in early December was a major factor in his decision as well. "Pitt's campus was beautiful and there was a lot to do on and off campus. I thought the City of Pittsburgh was really nice. It was much more than I expected. I was able to spend a lot of time with the players and I felt really comfortable as well." ranks Williams a "three-star" prospect and the 68th best running back in the nation. He rushed for 1,241 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a junior. Greg is capable of running a 4.41 forty-yard dash and squatting 450 pounds. Panthers' wide receiver coach Aubrey Hill has been his primary recruiting contact.

Williams brings a "team-first" attitude to the Panthers. "I was recruited as a running back and I know they want to try me there first," he said. "I don't think they have a running back like me, but I'm willing to switch positions if the staff needs me to. I can play wide receiver, linebacker, safety and cornerback. I played outside linebacker this year and my coach would use me off the edge in blitzing situations."

"It looks like the Panthers have a small running back and a bigger running back that plays mostly fullback. I offer size and speed they don't have. I'm a big guy but I have the speed of a smaller running back. I can run through you or around you."

Williams is currently working on his academics and believes he will have little difficulty qualifying. Until he matriculates in Pittsburgh, he plans on spending a great deal of time in the weight room. Greg credited his uncle, Albert Bentley, as a reason for choosing Pitt. Bentley, who played running back, helped the University of Miami to a win in the 19984 Orange Bowl against Nebraska.

"I want to get to Pitt and work really hard to get onto the field. I'm not expecting to start right, but I want to work hard enough to get onto the field. My long term goals are to graduate with a good degree, be a team leader and win a national championship."

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