Panthers Like Virginia Back

Trying to figure out which school leads for the services of star running back Ryan Williams of Stonewall Jackson High in Manassas, Va.? Good luck.

Williams, an All-American caliber talent who lists Maryland among the schools he is looking seriously at, will not be making any decisions any time in the near future, Stonewall Jackson coach Loren Johnson said. "He's going to go through the process all the way through," Johnson said of Williams, a 5-foot-10, 204-pound gamebreaker who rushed 157 times for 1,574 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. "There's too many [schools] to even name. People call me every day," Johnson said. "It's a full-time job." Williams has had a verbal offer from Maryland for quite some time now and visited for the Duke basketball game earlier this spring and camped at Maryland last summer. He likes the Terps a lot, said Johnson, who expects Williams will be checking out the Terps firsthand again sometime. Williams has also visited Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Powerhouses such as Florida, USC, Ohio State and Michigan have also been in contact. A coach from Arkansas recently called Johnson to inquire about whether Williams, who also threw a couple of touchdown passes, could play the hybrid role that Heisman contender Darren McFadden played for the Razorbacks last year. "I was like, ‘yeah,'" Johnson said. "He likes ‘em all," Johnson said. "He hasn't given any inkling towards anyone … He's getting tons and tons of mail." Williams is a blazer. He has legit 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash and sees the field exceptionally well. He also returned two punts for scores last season. "God has blessed him with great peripheral vision," said Johnson, who played football at Virginia Tech. "It's just like, ‘Wow." It would require even keener vision to project where Williams might end up committing. He's one of several big-time backs the Terps are recruiting, so clearly all of their eggs are not in his basket, but he's also likely to be one of the top backs in his class when it's all said and done. "He'll be a kid that'll go the distance," Johnson said, unless someone blows his mind."

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