Trip Report - Nate Williams

Nate Williams is a 6-foot, 204-pound running back/DB from Kennedy High School in Burien, Wash., and Williams took his official visit to Washington this past weekend and it just reinforced to him an earlier decision to verbally commit to the Huskies.

"It was a lot of fun. I got to meet a lot of the players and had the whole weekend to hang out with the recruits. We got to tour the whole campus, and we got to meet the equipment manager, the training rooms, the locker room, all that good stuff. It was a good weekend. This trip just made me even more comfortable with my choice. They take care of their players up there and I'm excited to start winning next year."

Being from the Seattle area, Williams already knew a ton about the Washington program. Was there anything he learned on his visit that was new? "I was surprised with all the medical attention you can get," he said. "If you feel sick, just run down to the trainer and he'll tell you if you're sick or not. That's really the main thing that stood out to me, just how good the medical staff is and how well they treat you. It makes you feel like the coaches care about your health and safety. That stood out to me."

Nate's player-host was Donald Butler. "He told me that he got a couple of plays in a few of the games this year," Williams said. "He told me to come into camp ready. It's different than in high school, they really work you hard in training camp. He told me to come in the best shape possible and have fun. On my visit, I can definitely tell that I'm going to get along with everyone. We were all getting along well, joking around and acting like we've already known each other for years."

Williams mentioned Louis Rankin, Roy Lewis, D'Andre Goodwin and Cameron Elisara as other players he got to know this past weekend. "They are all fun to be around and they all look after each other," he said. "It's a great family to be a part of and something I'm looking forward to next year."

The committed players tried to do their part to get those prospects on the fence to hop on the Dawg train. "Me, Chris (Izbicki) and Scott (Shugert), all the kids that had already committed, we were joking around with the guys that hadn't committed yet," Williams said. "We were trying to recruit them as best as possible. At one point there were six players in our group on a tour, and five had committed but Curtis Shaw hadn't committed yet. He had an offer, so we talked to him all day about committing and being a part of something great, and he ended up committing that night (Saturday)."

So when Williams steps foot on campus in the fall, will he be playing offense or defense? "The first night we were there, we sat down and talked with Coach (Trent) Miles, the running backs coach," he said. "He told me that I would be coming in as a running back. There's always been the talk about me moving to safety, but he and Coach Willingham made it clear that I would come in as a running back. I was happy about that. Either one I'm fine with, but I'm excited now and it makes me want to work even harder to get that starting spot as a freshman. All weekend, they told me that they are in need of a running back."

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