January 17, 2013

Could Williams be the one?

Michigan State will host almost all of the committed recruits on official visits this weekend. One player who is not committed yet that will be in East Lansing is Justin Williams of Treasure Coast High School in Florida. SpartanMag.com has some details on his recruitment.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Williams confirmed with SpartanMag.com via text he will be on campus this weekend and he is looking forward to learning more about the Spartan program.

"Yes sir, I will be up at Michigan State of Friday," Williams said. "I am coming up with my mom and my step dad."

Williams has been very busy the past few weeks. He took visits to both Cincinnati and Marshall and enjoyed both trips quite a bit. He told us SpartanMag.com:

"I loved my visits to both Marshall and Cincinnati. I was able to bond with the players and I felt very welcomed at both."

In addition to those schools, Williams also has scholarship offers from Purdue, South Carolina, West Virginia and UMass. Williams took an official visit to Purdue back in November and he has a visit scheduled for UMass the weekend of January 25th. Former Treasure Coast OC Allen Suber serves as the wide receiver coach at UMass.

SpartanMag.com was able to speak with Treasure Coast Head Football Coach Irvin Jones and asked him about Williams and the Spartans recruitment of him.

"He is a big defensive back that has room to grow," Jones said. "He has very good speed; he ran a 10.5 in the 100-Meters last year. He can also be a factor on special teams, he returns kicks very well. Coach Harlon Barnett was here earlier today."

We also asked Coach Jones if Williams was all set from an academic standpoint.

"He will qualify," Jones said.

Coach Jones is very familiar with the recruiting process. The last few years Treasure Coast has produced multiple Division 1 prospects. He also informed us that MSU will likely be taking a look at his linebacker for the class of 2014, Resean Bowens.

Michigan State is tight on scholarship, but Williams may be sitting in the cat-birds seat as far as becoming a member of the Green and White. Several other prospects who the staff was also considering are no longer in the picture. Jones has indicated to SpartanMag.com in the past that Michigan State is his top choice. If his visit goes as planned it may just be a formality before he becomes a Spartan.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Williams has a couple of things going for him. The first is his size and the second is his speed. Michigan State actually prefers corners that are bigger than what some schools tend to recruit. In a perfect world Mark Dantonio would like all his CB's to be in the 6-foot-2, 200-pound range. Unfortunately, players that size with speed and ability to turn do not grow on trees. For that reason sometimes coaches have to project a player will get there. That is what the staff did with Darquezze Dennard back in 2010. Coach Pat Narduzzi serves as the primary recruiter of Williams though Barnett has also been actively involved.

As far as a potential weekend commitment, Coach Dantonio often likes to follow-up with recruits after they have been home for a couple of days with an in-home visit. That may be the time when a commitment could take place.

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