July 5, 2010

Elite DE to visit Florida, Alabama

Ishaq Williams is the number one overall prospect in the state of New York according to Rivals.com and Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln defensive end has attracted a lot of attention throughout the recruiting process.

Williams recently took a trip to Penn State, which happens to be one of the schools that has been recruiting him the hardest. His father spoke to Rivals.com on Monday about that visit as well as what the future holds in store for the Williams family.

"We went to Penn State two weeks ago because some of his buddies were going to their senior camp and he wanted to go with them to show them support," said his father, Shaun Williams.

"He had some conversations with coach (Bill) Kenney, the tight ends coach, and coach (Larry) Johnson, the defensive line coach. We were trying to have a conversation with coach Johnson about the 3-4 (defense). A lot of big name programs are offering him to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 as opposed to a five technique or a nine technique in a 4-3 scheme. We just wanted to pick coach Johnson's brain about that."

Apparently both Williams and his father were satisfied with what coach Johnson said.

"Absolutely," his father said. "Coach Johnson is a scientist and he's got the results to show it and prove it.

"We really like Penn State. I like Penn State. I don't want to make that sound like an indication of where he's leaning.

"The important thing for Ishaq is (finding) a place that has great academics, good football and a place where he can jive with the position coach and where he thinks he can establish a relationship with him."

Williams said his son is handling all of the attention that comes along with being in the recruiting spotlight very well. He said his son generally does not like too much attention, but he has relied heavily on his "brain trust," that close circle of people around him that give him advice and counsel.

The rising senior from Lincoln has been out of town with family over the past few days but he will be back home and working hard again on Tuesday. He will work out in the evenings with his team at Lincoln and during the day with a professional trainer.

"We're planning on making some trips before the month's over," his father continued. "We'd like to get to Florida before the month's over. We'd like to get to Alabama and Indiana by the beginning of next month when they start their training so we can take a look at them.

"We'd also like to make it to California if not by the end of this month then the beginning of next month before he starts training for next season.

"He wants to be fully focused on his team's needs and not thinking about the recruiting process too much. We want to do all our homework up until the beginning of the season and then put the recruiting process on hold."

Williams' father said his son would probably not be taking any official visits until the end of his senior season, though if they have to amend those plans they would be open to doing so as circumstances change.

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