Last fall, as a junior at Warren Howland High School in Northeast Ohio, Victor Williams was playing at a very high level on both sides of the ball as colleges came calling. However, in week eight of the season, Williams would tear his ACL while making a tackle, leaving questions for several schools. After seeing Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor, Doctor Bradley for surgery, Williams battled and recovered after working every day to get back to his prior self. Now, Williams says he is 100% an ready for week one of his senior season.
Despite the injury battle, the Toledo Rockets never took their eye off of Williams, who is regarded as the sixth-best safety in all of Ohio by us at Scout. Toledo would offer Williams directly after his surgery which came in December of 2015. The Rockets received a visit from Williams in June where he fell in love with the Glass City.
"I had a lot of options and really wanted to get out and see different places. When I went to Toledo, I fell in love with it. Coach Watson and I have a great relationship and Toledo is the place I can see myself spending the next four years."
Williams, who has visited Penn State, Cincinnati, Ball State, Miami (OH) and Michigan says during his visits, he was focused on finding a school with his major along with an atmosphere he loved and Toledo safeties coach, Ross Watson helped the decision.
"Coach Watson is straight with everything, he won't lie and that's what I like about him the most. I am also looking into a business degree," Williams told us.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound Williams held offers from Akron, Ball State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, West Virginia, and several others. Despite the offers, Williams says Toledo was his choice over Cincinnati and Ball State.
Williams, who says he will play safety with the Rockets, will provide leadership on and off of the field, "I'm a leader," he told us, "I strive to be the best I can be."
The now-healthy Williams will be a force to reckoned with in the Mid-American Conference and already has explosive 4.60 40-yard dash speed. Toledo Scout will keep you posted on the latest with the Rockets' Class of 2017. You can subscribe to Rocket Digest by clicking here.