Update on De'Antwan Williams
Correspondent Matthew Stanmyre caught up with Scott Enlow, a volunteer assistant coach with Woodbridge, to talk about the Vikings' running back De'Antwan Williams:
The other day I talked with Woodbridge volunteer assistant coach Scott Enlow, who has been a close friend and mentor to Vikings star running back De'Antwan Williams since the coveted recruit was 4.
Enlow said the top colleges on Williams's list are now Alabama, West Virginia, Maryland and Rutgers -- which entered the picture only recently but has come on strong. Rivals.com rates Williams as the No. 13 overall running back prospect in the Class of 2009; they also list him as the top "inside runner" in the country (Rivals likens Williams to Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew).
The 5-foot-9, 197-pound Williams plans to take official visits within the next month to Alabama and West Virginia. Enlow said Williams would like to take more official visits if time in his schedule permits.
Williams also has serious interest in Virginia, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Marshall and Illinois. All told, he has 22 NCAA Division I-A offers. Enlow said he expects Williams to make a decision sometime in December.
Despite defenses stacking the line against him, Williams has rushed for 1,307 yards and 18 touchdowns in six games this season, including a career-high 318 yards a little over a week ago against Potomac (Va.).
For his career, Williams has 6,039 yards and 72 touchdowns, leaving him 1,497 yards shy of the Virginia High School League career rushing record -- an attainable number if the seventh-ranked Vikings (6-0, 1-0) make a deep postseason run.
I covered Woodbridge's game against Potomac, and Williams is as good as advertised. He has the strength to run through tacklers and his burst of speed when he broke into the secondary was jaw-dropping. Numerous times he sped past the Panthers defensive backs like they were in slow motion.
Enlow said Williams runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and that he can bench press 395 pounds.
Another tidbit: Williams didn't get to visit many schools this summer because he was busy working at a local grocery store stocking shelves. He worked all summer to buy his sleek, old-school Chevy Impala -- the same car he uses to give many of his teammates rides home from practice.
Here's a Recruiting Spotlight video on Williams:
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