Kennedy RB holds intrigue for WSU, others

WASHINGTON STATE addressed a key need this past Signing Day with the pick up of five running backs. But 40 percent of that haul is of the junior college variety, so look for the Cougs to bolster the backfield again in 2007. One local prospect who's attracting the attention of WSU and others is Nate Williams, a multi-purpose talent poised to become the greatest back to ever come out of Burien's Kennedy High.

Williams (6-1.5, 205) will enter the 2006 season with nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards and a number of all-time Kennedy marks within his grasp -- no smal feat when you consider that the school produced one-time Parade All-American Paul Arnold and, going farther back, the esteemable Jim Stone.

Williams' standing is all the more impressive by virtue of the fact he shared time in the backfield last year, and missed a few weeks after turning an ankle.

Schools of interest in no particular order include Washington State, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, LSU, Boston College and Miami.

Williams has yet to earn his first offer, and he remains open to everyone.

While he will look hard at the Northwest schools, he said the thought of traveling outside state boundaries for his college experience is an appealing one.

I kind of want to go somewhere where the weather is warm," laughed Williams. "And I want to get a good education. But we'll see how things (develop). I wouldn't mind playing at Miami."

Williams collected more than 1,400 yards last season: 940 rushing hashes on 110 carries, 380 in returns and 122 in receptions. Of his 13 TDs -- 10 were from rushing and three via special teams or interception returns.

He was named first-team All-Seamount League King Division at both running back and defensive back, and could earn interest from schools at the next level to play on the defensive side of the ball, although most will probably recruit him as a running back.

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