Crosby RB Craig Williams (Photo: Billy Embody)

2018 Houston area running back Craig Williams talks SMU, recruitment

2018 Crosby (Tex.) running back Craig Williams is continuing to pick up interest on the recruiting front. He weighs in on SMU's push.

2018 Crosby (Tex.) running back Craig Williams has seen plenty of programs take interest in him this fall and spring. He's now starting to see who's standing out in his recruitment, but is focused on improvement right now.

“Everything is going great this spring, just getting back into it," Williams told Scout last Wednesday. "I’m working the most on my pass protection.”

The four-star running back said Utah, Baylor, SMU, Missouri and Texas Tech are coming after him the hardest. The 

“They (Baylor) want to get the fastest recruiting class this year. They’re telling me I fit in with that recruiting class they’re trying to get together,” Williams said. “SMU and I are back in communication after a couple coaches left. Coach Traylor and I have been discussing when we’re going to get back to campus, but that’s all we’ve talked about now.”

SMU's new running backs coach Jeff Traylor has been in contact and the SMU staff paid a visit to Crosby recently as well.

“He seems like a great coach. Really straight forward and honest," Traylor said. "Tells me who all he has recruited and what he’s looking for. I can see myself playing for him and in that offense.”

Utah though, is the favorite right now for the Texas running back.

“We communicate a lot. I like how the coaches are very straight forward and honest too,” Williams said. “The campus is pretty nice. I haven’t been up there, but they’ve sent me pictures. Offensive guys are hitting me up and DMing me.”

The 5-9, 166-pound plans to take some visits this summer before official visits in the fall before selecting his school during the season.

Williams fought through an injury-shortened season that cost him seven of Crosby's 12 games. Nevertheless, in those five games he played, he accounted for 353 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns. He ran for 277 yards and three TD's on 8.9 yards per carry, while catching seven passes for 76 yards and two scores.

Williams is ranked as the No. 24 overall running back and the No. 3 running back in both the Midlands and Texas for Scout in the 2018 cycle.

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