Williams Gets Closer To A Decision

Butler DL Vontrell Williams (6-2, 315) had a solid bounceback season after spending two years at the University of Illinois. The gifted interior defensive lineman updated JCFootball.com about where things stand right now and what his future may hold...

"Things have been going really well," Williams told JCFootball.com. "I have offers now from Appalachian State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State, UNC Charlotte and Ohio.

"I've been talking to Mississippi State recently and their defensive line coach was down to our school and met with me. I might be taking a visit there this weekend."

The road to where he is currently has been a long one.

After a solid prep career at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Il., Williams realized his dream of playing D-1 football when he signed with Illinois. However, after two injury filled seasons, the talented defensive lineman decided it was time for a change.

"I broke the fourth metatarsal in my right foot and I came back and played before I was ready to play, so I got injured again," Williams noted. "I just decided Illinois wasn't the right place for me and I needed a change, so I came down here to Butler because they have a great program here, they have great coaches and with the guys around me, I knew we had a chance to be a really good defense."

During the 2014 season, Williams played in nine of the Grizzlies' 11 games and finished with 39 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss.

"I'm definitely a run-stopper," Williams said. "I take pride in my ability to hold up against the run and it allows my teammates to make plays.

"I have good all-around strength. I can hold up against blockers on the run and I can bull-rush when the quarterback drops back."

Williams is no stranger to the recruiting game, so he knows what he wants to see in the school where he winds up signing.

"Just an opportunity. That's it," Williams said. "I can get a good education anywhere, but I only have two seasons left and I need to find a place that I can play, but also a place that will help me get ready for the NFL if that's in my future."

Williams is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two starting in 2015.

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