Four-star DE Ishaq Williams Talks Recruiting

Rutgers was one of the first schools to offer Abraham Lincoln High (Bronx, N.Y.) four-star defensive end Ishaq Williams, but now his recruitment has exploded. He holds more than two dozen offers, and is coming off a superb effort at the Northeast Five Star Showdown over the weekend. Find out what Williams had to say about Rutgers, and where he plans to spend part of his summer.

WESTWOOD, Mass. – No one dominated the Northeast Five Star Showdown like Abraham Lincoln (Bronx, N.Y.) defensive end Ishaq Williams.

The 6-foot-5, 222-pound Williams demonstrated his speed around the edge, and when he used his hands in one-on-one drills, he was easily getting to the quarterback on the inside. He also showed off his tight end skills with a few nice catches before a hip flexor strain ended his afternoon a tad early.

Williams, a four-star prospect and ranked as Scout.com's No. 7 defensive end in the 2011 recruiting class, holds 27 offers, and was anticipating a visit from Rutgers on Monday.

The easy-going Williams also gave an update on his recruitment, beginning with word his latest offers come from Oregon, Ohio State and Stanford. He also said he has tentative plans to see a number of schools in the summer.

"I want to take a few visits, and trim some of the list down,'' Williams said. "I'm going to try and visit as many as possible. I'm going to go to California and see USC and UCLA, and maybe Stanford.''

Williams wasn't sure of any other visits, but said one of the schools he is keeping in close contact with is Rutgers, which has been involved in his recruitment from the early going. The Scarlet Knights offered Williams on Sept. 1, the first day juniors can receive offers.

"They were one of the first schools to offer me. I have to keep them on my list,'' Williams said. "I talked to the coaches on Friday, and they're supposed to come see me Monday.

"They're close by and I know coach Schiano is doing a great job over there and it's a program on the rise.''

One of the interesting things with Williams is his lack of preconceived notions. Williams said he doesn't watch football on television.

"I do my research on football but I don't really watch much football,'' he said. "(Playing) football takes a lot of time. When I'm not practicing, I'm working out.''

So, what does he do on the weekend, when colleges and the professionals are playing?

"Sunday afternoon?'' he said. "I'm probably doing homework or hanging out on my porch.''


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