Springfield (Ohio) junior defensive tackle Kevin Williams is one of the top prospects in the 2011 Ohio class. Williams, 6-foot-3, 275-pounds, just completed an outstanding season, one which led to his first offer.
"Nebraska was the first school to offer and I can't tell you how great that felt," he admitted. "Nebraska is a great school and a great football program, and it's an honor to be offered the chance to play there. I watched several of their games and I love their aggressive defense. I plan on going out to Nebraska for their spring game, and while I plan on going through the recruiting process, my thoughts on Nebraska are strong."
The fact that the Cornhuskers featured what many people feel was the best college football player in the country in 2009, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, certainly won't hurt Nebraska's chances of landing a commitment from Williams.
"Ndamukong Suh is an amazing player and I like to pattern my game after him," Williams said of the Nebraska star. "I look up to him so much, and he's a player I'm trying to be like on the football field. Maybe I'll be his successor some day at Nebraska, you never know."
Nebraska might be the only school to have offered at this time, but Williams is hearing from several top programs.
"I'm being recruited by Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and most of the MAC schools," he stressed. "I went to games at both Cincinnati and Ohio State last season, and I like both schools a lot. Cincinnati is going through a tough stretch right now with that staff leaving, and I'm sure they will hire a great staff. My head coach (Vince Marrow) talks to Coach (Jim) Tressel all the time, so I definitely like Ohio State."
Williams knows he has much to work on to become the type of player he feels he can be, and he has been described by his head coach, Vince Marrow, as a "workaholic."
"My greatest strength would be my explosiveness and quickness off the ball," Williams stated. "I think I will play college football in the 300-pound range, and I see myself playing defensive tackle. I know I'm still growing and I work out all the time. I need to continue to work on everything, but I always work on speed and quickness, because that is the key to my game."
His head coach, a former college and NFL assistant, would certainly agree with his young star, and has spoken to several programs about Williams.
"He has a chance to be one of the best players in Ohio, and we're just now getting his tape out there," Marrow stated. "Kevin will out-work any player I've ever had, and he's an honor student in the classroom. I've coached at the college level, so I know what those schools are looking for. This kid can play anywhere in the country."