August 2, 2010
Ohio ATH has Spartans high on the list
Last month, Roger Williamson of Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio attended the Michigan State Camp and as one of the top performers there. SpartanMag.com caught up with the Rivals.com 3-star prospect and got the details on his recruitment and his thoughts on the Spartans. Find out the details.
Williamson is one of the most versatile athletes in the Midwest for the class of 2011. At 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and with 4.45 speed, he could project on either side of the ball. Spartanmag.com asked Williams about where teams see him playing at the next level and how many scholarship offers he currently has.
"I have 24 scholarship offers, Williamson said. "Different schools want me for different things. It is probably 50/50 as far as offense or defense. I prefer defense, but whatever school I choose I will whatever they ask me to do to help the team."
Spartanmag.com saw Williams make several impressive plays at the Michigan State Camp. In the 7 on 7 portion he made a nice break on a deep ball from the safety position and made a leaping interception in the end zone. That play was made right in front of the Michigan State Coaches and Williamson got plenty of praise for it. SpartanMag.com asked Williams if he camped at many schools this summer and which ions are standing out at this point.
"I haven't really visited a lot colleges but I did go to camps at Cincinnati and Michigan State. I was able to see those schools a little bit. I like a lot of schools but a few like Michigan State, Stanford, Wisconsin, Kansas, West Virginia and Cincinnati are standing out."
As with any high-level prospect in Ohio we asked Williamson about the Buckeyes. Ohio State has 19 commitments and many believe they are saving the last few spots for a few players they have at the top of their board.
"I really don't know if Ohio State is n the picture because I don't have an offer from them. If they offer then it would b different. , but as of right now I am focusing on what I have.
A few years ago the Buckeyes passed on a Dayton area standout named Javon Ringer, we all know how that worked out for Michigan State.
SpartanMag.com asked Williams what his impressions are about Michigan State and what he believes are the positives about the school and program.
Michigan State would help me not just become a great football player, but to become a successful man in life and to be able to have a life after football. I know everyone will not make it to the NFL so you need a backup plan. The whole Michigan State staff is wonderful and I can see myself there, but I have to wait and see what else is out there so I can make the best choice."
Williamson indicated that he does want to see some more schools and he also would like to take a few official visits so he can learn even more about his favorite schools. He talked about what are the factors that will influence his decision.
"Most importantly is academics, then the program itself and coaches, Williamson stated. Lastly would be the tradition of the school. I really don't have a set date to make a choice. Hopefully after I take my visits I will just fall in love with one school and I will I'll know it is the right choice for me."
Under Coach Dantonio, Michigan State likes to have the majority of their official visits right after their regular season wraps up during Bowl Practice time. That allows the staff to spend more time with the prospect and his family than they would during a gameday visit. With that being said, look for the Spartan staff to invite Williamson up to several contests this fall so he can check out the gameday atmosphere in East Lansing. The Notre Dame game is already shaping up as a big unofficial visit weekend for the Spartan and that could be a weekend the staff looks to have Williamson back on campus.
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of the outstanding prospect for the class of 2011.
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