Dontae Williams of Aldine High has been quite the hot topic following a more than impressive performance at USC’s Rising Stars Camp last month. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back handled the attention with grace and looks forward to much more attention in the future.
“This summer has just been great with all of my traveling,” said Williams. “The USC camp was fun and they were showing me a lot of love, but they did not offer and you know how different colleges can be…But I probably gave them something to think about.”
Williams recorded 595 rushing yards with a 6.7 yard average in a junior season cut short by Hurricane Ike. He currently holds offers from Colorado State, Minnesota, Cal and Purdue, with more likely to come if his camp performances continue as they have been.
Does the currently unranked running back plan on camping anywhere else this summer?
“I’m going to the upcoming LSU camp for sure, but I may have to leave a day early to come home and get ready for the Nike Camp. I just have to talk to my mentor about it,” said Williams. “I cant wait to see what they are all about and to show them what I can do and maybe earn an offer.”
Williams says he has put on 20 pounds since last season and recorded a faster 40-time with a 4.54, which has been enough to garner the attention of one high-profile recruiter.
“Coach [Larry] Porter and I have not been talking recently on the phone because he can’t call right now, but he did send me a very nice hand-written letter last week telling me how excited he was to have me down at the camp and telling me to have a great fourth of July,” said Williams. “He’s a real cool guy.”
LSU is one of the schools that have been on Williams’ mind for a very long time and he has no problem expressing his interest.
“LSU was actually the very first school to catch my eye back in the ninth grade,” said Williams. “I just love how they are very intense, use that intensity to show that they are not a weak program. It really just seems like everything they do is really intense.”
As for if a top three or top five can be considered, the Texas back has not put too much thought into his new form of success, and just wants to give everyone an equal shot by seeing what each school has to offer and showing what he can offer each school.
“Honestly I don’t even have one…trying to pick a top three is hard until the season. I will probably have my top five sometime during the season,” he said.
One thing that will help Williams form his list of favorites is official visits and he has two that he knows he wants to make in the fall.
“I really want to visit Oregon – home of former Aldine Quarterback Darron Thomas, who was once committed to the Tigers for the 2008 class – LSU and maybe USC officially, but we will see how that works out”, said Williams. “But I have not looked into that process and hopefully this will only get more exciting.”
Williams said that he scored an 18 on the ACT, but he was unsure of his grade point average at this time, noting that he did need to pick it up.