Five Early Offers for Williams

Five Early Offers for Williams

Antonio Williams is one of the top freshman college football prospects in the country. The New London (N.C.) North Stanly star already has multiple scholarship offers.

Antonio Williams had a huge freshman season. However, the 5-foot-11, 186-pound North Stanly running back is not satisfied.

"I think the season went well, but it could have been a lot better," said Williams.

"I've been hitting the weight room – trying to get faster and stronger. I'm trying to have a season twice as good as I did last year."

Although the jump from middle school football to the high school varsity level is a big one, Williams said his preparation helped him be successful.

"I knew that as hard as I worked, I had to be successful somehow," he said. "I didn't think it would be as good as it was, but I think I earned it because of the way I worked in the offseason."

When asked what he learned last fall, Williams quickly answered.

"I learned that you have to go hard every play because that play you take off may cost you the game," he said.

Although he had huge season, Williams said he was not 100 percent healthy.

"I was fighting an injury the whole season," Williams said. "That's something a lot of people don't know. I tore my groin muscle in the second game of the season. It affected me a little bit. I couldn't go the entire games full speed like I wanted to, but I fought through it."

On the recruiting front, numerous schools are pursuing the North Stanly playmaker.

"I have five (offers) – Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia, and South Carolina," Williams said. "I've gotten a letter from Penn State and Mississippi State. I've also gotten something from Duke, Arizona, Maryland, and Vanderbilt."

He feels good about where he is in the recruiting process.

"I think I'm getting my name out there more and that's definitely a good thing," he said.

The next several months will be a busy time for Williams.

"I'm going to some camps and combines," said Williams. "I'm going to go to the Clemson camp and probably the (North) Carolina camp again. I'm also going to try to get down to Georgia, South Carolina, and maybe Duke, too. I'm just going to as many as I can."

For now, it is all about becoming a better player.

"I'm really working on my strength," said Williams. "I know I was pretty strong as a freshman, but I want to be that Hershel (Walker)-type or that Walter Payton-type determined back that is so hard to bring down."

"I think if I add that with my speed, I'll be one of the top running backs in the country."

Williams finished his freshman season with 1,516 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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