For those that paid attention to the 2014 recruiting cycle, it was hammered home that Utah was placing a big emphasis on recruiting speed, and Tavaris Williams fits that description perfectly. Williams has tremendous top end speed, which is proven by his 21.77 time in the 200M dash this spring. Williams committed to Utah the day after he was offered by Coach Sitake, but that wasn't the end of his recruitment, as Williams had many other schools come calling after he committed. Schools like Wisconsin, Oregon, Auburn, Florida & Boston College either extended offers, or expressed a lot of interest late in the recruiting cycle. As expected, Williams gave some thought to those other schools, but the Utah coaches were able to fend them off and receive William's LOI on Signing Day.
As mentioned in the video above, the coaches initially recruited Tavaris as a defensive back, but when the offensive staff saw his senior film, there was a lot of interest in keeping him at running back. Tavaris has also publicly expressed interest at staying as a running back in college, but will ultimately play the position that the coaches feel he'll best succeed at. Utah has had a lot of success with transitioning offensive players to cornerback, including a couple of NFL starters in Sean Smith and R.J. Stanford, and if there's one thing we learned from the recent NFL draft, players are much more likely to be drafted as a defensive back than a running back.
Prediction: Due to his interest in remaining a running back, Tavaris will likely start fall camp as a running back, but a mid-camp move to the other side of the ball wouldn't be a surprise. There are a lot of bodies at the running back position, and moving over to cornerback will give him a chance to get on the field sooner. Since he'll be playing a fairly new position, expect Williams to redshirt during the 2014 season.
Incoming Player Projections: Tavaris Williams
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