First three offers roll in for NDSCS lineman

He plays next to one of the top JUCO linemen in the country, but don't sleep on NDSCS OT Matt Williams (6-7, 290) who is proving to be a top prospect in his own right. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented lineman recently and he updated us on things including what went through his mind when he got his first three offers earlier this week…

Williams, who hails from England originally, prepped at Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire and was a full-qualifier, however, he didn't get much in the way of recruiting attention, so he decided to head to a JC in order to see if he could garner some D-1 interest.

So far, that plan has worked out very nicely.

"Coach (Mike) Shafer was a coach I really liked a lot and trusted," Williams told JCFootball.com. "With his coaching, I've learned so much and it's been paying off because I got my first three offers yesterday."

UCLA, California and Illinois all extended offers to the physically-gifted prospect, but he said that is only driving him to get better.

"It was unbelievable," Williams said. "It was like it was a dream getting those offers. It just makes me want to work that much harder and be that much better. I'm always in the weight room working on my strength and my agility and my technique and this just shows me my hard work in paying off and it will keep pushing me to get better."

In addition to his three offers, Williams is also getting some heavy interest from schools like Iowa State, Florida State, Arkansas, Arizona, Michigan State, Miami and Kansas State.

With all that attention, Williams admits he and fellow Wildcat Jacob Fahrenkrug are both overwhelmed, but won't let it go to their heads.

"We don't really talk much about all the attention," Williams said. "We are really close friends and we work out together. Basically, we just push each other to get better and we are just enjoying playing together.

"As long as we keep working hard, the recruiting stuff will take care of itself."

Williams said he plans to sit down with his coaches and family as the summer progresses and he'll narrow things down and then he'd like to take some visits before he makes a decision.

"I want to go through the process and enjoy it," Williams said. "I'm open to anyone and just want to take it slow and make sure I see all the schools I'm interested in before I decide."

Williams will graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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