New Mexico Tailback to Visit

He is speedy, athletic, 5-9 <b>Chris Williams</b> from Rio Rancho, New Mexico. A standout track athlete in sprints and the high jump, Williams had a fantastic senior football season, which made UCLA notice him. Here's a look at his recruiting status...

Chris Williams, the 5-9, 150-pound running back from Rio Rancho (New Mexico) High, will officially visit UCLA this weekend.

Williams has established himself as one of the top track stars in the region, and possibly the nation. He has a personal best high jump of 6'10 and it could just get higher this year. "We think Chris is an Olympic athlete in the high jump," said Rio Rancho head football coach Phil Lopez. "A 6'10 would have been good enough to win some conference championships in the NCAA last year. We think he'll get to 7'2, or 7'4 this year."

Williams, who was clocked at a 4.37 in the 40 at a summer combine, is also an exciting football player. This year, he rushed for 2,032 yards and 33 touchdowns on his way to being named first team all-state. In this year's game against Rio Grande, in the second quarter alone, he rushed for 274 yards and four touchdowns on nine carries. Rio Grande had the second best defense in the metro area coming into the contest. Williams finished that game with 354 yards rushing and five touchdowns after being pulled midway through the third quarter.

Coach Lopez is very high on his star athlete. Lopez says of Williams: "He is the most phenomenal athlete I have ever had the privilege of coaching. He has offers for track, but he wants to play football. I think that by his sophomore or junior year, he can be around 170 or 180 pounds. I know it sounds funny, but he is a lanky 5-9 with plenty of room for growth on his frame. He does not look small."

Williams visited Ohio last weekend, where new coach Frank Solich offered him a scholarship. Lopez said, "He also has offers in football from Air Force and New Mexico State. We are waiting on UCLA, UTEP, and Texas Tech. He is visiting UCLA this weekend and (UCLA assistant) coach (Jim) Svoboda will be at our basketball game tonight. So will (New Mexico State head coach) Hal Mumme."

Williams plays point guard for Rio Rancho and is currently second in the state in scoring as he averages 22 points a game. "The kid has over 30 breakaway slam dunks on the year," claimed Lopez.

Williams has track offers from Air Force, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas Tech, and UTEP. He has a personal best in the 200 meters of 21.2 and he is the anchor leg on the defending state champion 1600 meter team. Williams' best time in the 400 is the high 46s. plans on contacting the running back before and after his UCLA visit.

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