Bryan Williams comments on Pitt visit

The University of Pittsburgh hosted junior college defensive back Bryan Williams from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA this weekend. The was able to speak with him about his experience. Read on for details.

The University of Pittsburgh hosted junior college athlete Bryan Williams (6-foot-1 inches, 200 pounds) from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA this weekend.

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 liked the visit this weekend. It was OK," Williams said. "My host for the weekend was Eric Thatcher. He was a good guy. There were no other people visiting there this weekend."

"Friday was fun. I had dinner with (Eric) Thatcher and Coach (Paul) Rhodes at the Hard Rock Cafe. We talked about all sorts of stuff, not just football."

"Saturday was the major part of the tour, but I had actually seen most of it last time. We toured the campus, the dorms and met with the academic advisors there. It was nice, but nothing has really changes since my last visit. I had dinner with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt at the Pittsburgh Steak House that night."

When asked to comment on his conversation with Coach Wannstedt, he stated, "He's a really nice guy. We talked about a lot of things and he told me how he was trying to rebuild the Pitt football program. He told me wanted me to be part of it."

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.

"My decision should be made sometime Monday. I have to go back and sit down with my family and my coach. This is too important a decision not to include them," said Williams. "I'm going to decide between Pitt, Akron, Minnesota and Temple. I want to play running back. It's my favorite position and Akron wants me at running back. Pitt has added some other running backs already. They still think I could get playing time despite everyone they recruited."

Bryan was asked specifically if he had a scholarship offer from Pitt and he emphatically stated, "Oh course I do. I wouldn't have visited if I didn't have a scholarship offer."

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.

"I'm working hard in the classroom to qualify and I hope to join a program over the summer months (June). This is a tough decision but I'll make it by Monday. I'm going to commit to the school that gives me the best opportunity."

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