Setting the Stage

An Ohio defensive back with blazing speed has set one official visit date, planned another, and will likely take all five of his trips before making a decision.

"I have offers from Boston College, West Virginia, Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois, and Miami of Ohio," cornerback Robert Williams told "I've set my visit for West Virginia on Dec. 2, and I will be taking an official visit to Minnesota. I haven't decided on the other three schools yet, but I will take all of my visits before I make my decision."

With West Virginia's game at South Florida set for that weekend, the date could change, but Williams is firmly set on taking a visit to WVU. With cornerbacks one of the priorities in this recruiting class, the Mountaineer staff has been staying in close contact with Williams, who is comfortable in either zone or man-to-man cover schemes. Mountaineer assistant coach Bruce Tall, who covers most of Ohio, could make a trip soon to see Williams in action.

Williams looks to have the ability to play the wide corner in college, as he mixes physical jamming ability at the line with lightning quick maneuverability. He claims a 4.32 40-yard dash time from Purdue's camp this summer, and also uses that speed on Withrow High School's track team, where he runs the 100, 200, 400, 4x100 and 4x200.

Unlike many players on West Virginia's recruiting list, Williams likely has but one destination in college – cornerback. He also returns punts and kickoffs for Withrow, but there's not much doubt his coverage skills will land him at corner, and likely the difficult wide corner spot, in college.

Williams (5-11, 165 lbs.) is keeping an open mind about the schools recruiting him, and hasn't narrowed down a list of items he is looking for in his college choice. He admits that "a good football program and a coaching staff" are things he wants, but those generic items don't reveal much about what he is thinking in terms of the school he will attend. It seems likely, at this point, that Williams' official visits will have a great impact on his decision.

One of the big reasons for Williams' interest in WVU is last year's NFL Draft, when both Adam Jones and Chris Henry were selected with high picks.

"I saw those guys in the draft and thought, ‘Hey, that could be me,'" Williams said with enthusiasm. "They can put guys in the draft, so I think I could have the same thing happen to me there."

Williams has been to summer camps and on unofficial visits to Miami, Purdue and Illinois, but his official visits to West Virginia and Minnesota will be his first looks at those campuses.

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