Williams hopes an opportunity pops up

One of the top JUCO backs in the nation the past two years has been New Mexico Military's A.J. Williams (5-10, 205) a bruising back with outstanding vision and deceptive speed. JCFootball.com spoke with the talented back recently and he updated us on where things stand and what his plans are over the next few months...

"I'm still waiting on my first offer, but I'm going to be patient and wait to see what happens after teams go through spring football," Williams told JCFootball.com recently. "I know a lot of teams want to go through spring football and see what happens with the backs they have and then I might get a look after that, so I'm just going to be patient and see what happens."

Williams was an outstanding prep football player in Virginia after picking up the game in eighth-grade. He committed to Maryland, but was unable to sign with them because he didn't receive passing test scores.

"I had a bunch of D-1 schools offering me and after me, but I couldn't get good enough scores on the SAT or ACT so I had to go to a JC," Williams said. "My high school coaches were looking around at JC's and they found New Mexico Military and said they thought it would be a good fit for me because of the discipline you have to gain in order to be successful.

"It was the best decision I could have made because you have to make use of your time and it made me really buckle down so that I had to just work on football and school."

As a freshman in 2008, Williams didn't get his first start until week four of the season, but still managed to post 911 yards and nine touchdowns and followed that up this past season with 1,211 yards and 11 touchdowns in an offense that does almost everything out of the spread.

"I just can't figure out why no one has offered A.J. yet," NMMI defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator Joe Forchtner said to JCFootball.com. "I mean, all the guy did was go out and run all over everyone. He finished fifth or seventh in the country in rushing and he's a great kid.

"I guess he just must not look very fast on film, but man, this kid runs well out of our spread-option attack and he's great in space. He's not a 4.4 guy, but he's fast enough. Whoever takes a chance on him will really be happy they did."

For the record, Williams posted a 4.51 forty time last summer and has a 345-pound max on the bench press.

"Schools showed me interest early, but then it sorta faded away," Williams said. "Wyoming contacted me and was looking at me, but they decided not to take a back this year and Ole Miss was looking at me early, but they stopped talking to me a while ago.

"Western Kentucky also was looking at me, but I haven't heard from them in a while either.

"I have a bunch of 1AA schools like Murray State, James Madison and Portland State who have made contact with me, but I really want to go 1A because I feel I can play at the highest level."

Williams already has his AA degree and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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