May 23, 2009

LB Williams looking out of state

When more college coaches see his highlight film, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor standout Travis Williams thinks he will pick up even more offers, not like he's hurting in that department now.

"I show a lot with speed, my ability to change direction and I have a lot of hitting power," Williams said. "I've been working on my weight lately. I'm at 200-201 now and still real fast. I want to be about 205 by my senior season."

LSU and Tennessee were two of his most recent offers and Maryland has also gotten involved but since Williams, a 6-foot-2, 201-pound outside linebacker, has not taken many visits at all yet he said it's tough to judge which schools are his favorites.

One that could become a major player in his recruitment is Miami, which might be close to an offer. Out of the blue, Williams' coach sent the Hurricanes' coaching staff his film and they apparently liked it a lot.

"Miami would be very huge," Williams said. "We sent my film to the coach. They didn't know they were going to get it from me. I told my coach to send it because I've been getting a lot of letters from them and when he looked at it they showed the whole staff and the head coach was amazed by it so they're supposed to be coming up by the end of the month."

Maryland is also now in the running for Williams, rated No. 15 at outside linebacker by Rivals.com and he's also in the top 250. Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and East Carolina have also offered. Williams said he wouldn't mind leaving the state to play college ball.

"I like Maryland a lot," Williams said. "Coach Tom Brattan is a real cool cat. There are a lot of schools that offered me that I haven't gotten out to see so I want to see a lot of schools and then start making my decisions."

Those visits will take place this summer and then Williams, who also had 31 receptions for 500 yards last season, can start paring down his list - and see if any new programs have entered the fray.

"I want to see a lot of the out-of-state places because I'm not really pressed upon staying in Virginia," Williams said. "Whatever suits me, that's where I'll be. I wan to go and play. I want to work for my position. I don't want anything to be given to me. I want to work for it.

"It won't be hard (narrowing down the list). I'll look at it how the coaches stayed up on me, my connections with the recruiting coach and it will be based on that and how I like the area."

Every school except Penn State is recruiting Williams as an outside linebacker. The Nittany Lions like him at safety even though he's played linebacker for most of his high school career.

Williams said his next two offers could come from South Carolina and Clemson since those coaches have been showing a lot of interest. LSU has also become a major player in his recruitment and said playing for the Tigers is a "real possibility."



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