Williams to Rutgers if Cleared
Feb 16, 2011
By: Todderick Hunt- SOR Editor
Rutgers recruit Rashaad Williams
Rumors about Rashaad Williams, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound running back out of CB West (Pa.) committing to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been circling the web for the past couple days. StateOfRutgers.com caught up with Williams to get the inside scoop.
“One of my friend’s dads is a referee in the Big East and he gave Rutgers my film,” Williams told StateOfRutgers.com. “They liked it so they invited me down. I took three trips there and now I know that is where I want to be.”
Williams, a senior, hopes to land on the Rutgers campus this Summer as long as he can qualify academically. He claims that his Rutgers recruiting coach, Chris Hewitt - who he talks with at least once per week - has assured him that the Scarlet Knights are holding a scholarship for him.
“Coach Hewitt just told me to keep doing what I’m doing and working hard,” said Williams. “I just need to bring my scores up some because they are a little low. I got a 670 on my SAT and I need to bring it up 30 points.
“I just took the ACT though and I think I passed it,” he continued. “I’m not going to know until five weeks from now, but I am already signed up to take the SAT again just in case.”
Williams was under-recruited due to missing his entire junior season because of some trouble he had fallen into.
However, until recently, he was still being recruited heavily by Wisconsin, West Virginia, Purdue, and Temple.
“West Virginia was about to offer, but we ended up losing contact,” he said. “Wisconsin sent me a lot of letters and kept reaching out to me but I never really responded because I didn’t want to go to school all the way out there. Purdue is still talking to me, but they are out of scholarships and Temple is about to offer me.”
The talented back - who feels that his speed is what makes him an elite back - got the opportunity to converse with Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano while on a visit to Rutgers earlier this year.
"He told me that he felt I could be a factor, and he spoke to me a lot about academics and pulling my grades up to give myself a shot," he mentioned.
Williams has since put in a lot of the work that will go a long way towards helping him end up on the banks.
Rutgers' likely latest addition had a message for all of the Rutgers fans in the land.
“Shaad Williams is coming and hopefully we are going win that BCS, that national championship,” he said.
Williams ran for over 2,000 yards and 25 total TDs in 2010, earning second team All-State and first team All-Suburban One honors.