Bryan Williams: "I'll commit to Pitt"

The University of Pittsburgh received a verbal commitment from dynamic defensive back Bryan Williams from Buchtel High School in Akron, OH is 1995. After a two year stay at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA, it appears he may soon be re-joining the Pitt Panthers. Read on for details.

"I'm going to officially visit Pitt after I return to Valley Forge on January 15th. It would be the weekend after that (January 19th)", stated defensive back Bryan Williams (6-foot-1 inches, 198 pounds).

Bryan Williams was considered one of the best defensive back prospects in the class of 2005. He chose the Panthers over a number of upper echelon programs including Michigan State and Minnesota. Williams was unable to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse and eventually enrolled at Valley Forge Military Academy to improve academically.

"I have de-committed from Temple. There was a miscommunication with myself and the Pitt coaching staff but all that has been taken care of. They had a little turnover in their staff and that's to be expected. My scholarship is still there and waiting for me. I'm not going to lie. I want meet Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and talk with him and take a second look at Pitt. If everything as good as I remember, I'm going to commit to Pitt. I'm still a Panther at heart."

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. ranked him the 77th best cornerback in the nation. Bryan is capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash.

Bryan played on both sides of the ball for Valley Forge. "I was our starting cornerback and played a little at running back as well. I was #17 last season. This season I was given the honor of wearing #2. They usually let the players that teams should really look out for wear the #2. Larry Fitzgerald Jr. was the last Panther to wear it," said Williams. "Once teams figured out who I was, they avoided throwing to my side of the field. I didn't get to make as many plays as I wanted. I guess it was a compliment that they were avoiding going my way."

When asked about his strengths as a defensive back, he stated, "I'm a shut down cornerback. I'm great man to man and I love to tackle. I have no issues with hitting someone. I'm a very physical defensive back that takes pride in his tackling ability."

Massive offensive tackle Jeff Otah was the last Valley Forge Military Academy player to join the Panthers. He was a two starter for the Valley Forge Junior College program. Larry Fitzgerald Jr., William "Tutu" Ferguson, Josh Lay, Craig Bokor and Phil Tillman are few of the players that VFMA has sent to Pitt.

"With limited time at Pitt, I want to come in and make a difference. I can't wait for my visit."

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