Missed Connection

De'Antwan Williams wasn't able to make his planned trip to West Virginia recently, but does that signal a lessening of interest between the standout runner and the Mountaineers?

"I was supposed to go to West Virginia [on Monday], but it didn't work out," said Williams, a three-star prospect rated as the number 47 running back in the country. "But I'm trying to reschedule it as soon as possible. I still like West Virginia a lot, for as much as I know about it. I think I fit their mold as far as the running backs they recruit."

Williams, who rushed for 2,247 yards and 28 scores as a junior, still has the Mountaineers among the top teams on his list of interest. He is simply being very careful in the recruiting process, and wants to visit as many of the schools as possible on his list so that he can learn as much as he can about each of them.

As far as West Virginia goes, he has built a good relationship with assistant coach Chris Beatty, who is both his primary recruiting coach and his potential position coach.

"Coach Beatty is pretty cool and straightforward," he said."He doesn't tell me any lies. The last time he came in to visit me I was at school. He was telling me how they want me to fill a spot like Steve Slaton did. They think I can come in and be a power back. And that's the way I run. It's the way I've been taught to run my whole life."

Williams is already working on rescheduling his visit to WVU, which he says "will definitely happen before school starts." At the same time, however, that probably doesn't signal a quick end to the recruiting process.

"Some of the other schools that have offered me that I want to learn more about are Alabama, Illinois, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Maryland and Virginia," Williams recited. "I've been trying to narrow it down a little bit, but I just haven't been able to do that yet. I just want to make the right decision, and to do that I need to see as many schools as I possibly can."

Williams, who speaks thoughtfully and considers each question before answering, is applying the same methodical approach to the recruiting process. His pending visit to West Virginia is likely just the next step on his recruiting journey, and although anything can happen in that area, it looks as if the talented runner has more trips to make and information to gather before making his decision.

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