August 22, 2011

Rams in the mix for Williams

The name Duaron Williams is well-known in recruiting circles. The Orlando offensive guard thinks his scholarship total is numbering somewhere around, "16-or-17." Mixed in with some of the blue bloods of college football is the name Colorado State.

While the Rams may not have the name recognition of a Florida State or Oklahoma, they do have something the other schools don't when it comes to securing the services of the 6-foot-4, 296-pounder - one of his best friends already on-campus

Steven Michel is in his freshman season playing linebacker for the Rams and the Orlando linebacker has the Rams in the thick of the Duaron Williams sweepstakes.

"That is one of my closest friends in this world," said Williams about Michel. "He loves it up there. He said he absolutely loves it up there. He said it has been hard work, but it is going to pay off."

Williams said next week he plans to cut his list of favorites to a top-12 and he expects the Colorado State Rams to be one of those schools.

"Oh yeah, most definitely," Williams said when asked if the Rams would be in the top-12. "I really do like Colorado State and they run the ball so that is a big plus for them. And Steven is one of my closest friends in this entire world. We grew up really close, really tight. I know they have two guys I played against from Orlando in the Borckys at Highland Prep. That is kinda cool."

Helping the Rams to make the cut is the fact they like to run the ball. Williams said he is a powerful run blocker and is looking for a place to major in Political Science before Law School, where he hopes to study military law. Williams said he has a brother in the Marines, a cousin who is a Lt. Col. in the Army, as well as uncles in the Navy, so the ROTC is even a possibility.

"Location is not a factor at all in my decision," Williams said. "I pride myself in my run blocking. In any given game at any given time, the coach can call on me and we will pick up the yards. I want a school that runs more than they throw, or even an LSU, someone who runs the I-formation."

Williams has unofficially visited Florida, Florida State, Miami, Central Florida, Rutgers, Miami and Oklahoma. He said he is currently working on a list of schools who will get official visits.

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