May 5, 2011

Williams impressed with his time at State

Last weekend defensive tackle Vontrell Williams of Mount Carmel High School in Illinois attended the Green and White Game at Michigan State University. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Williams is one of the top tackle prospects in the Midwest and is solidly on the Spartan recruiting radar.

Williams already has a solid list of scholarships on the table. As of speaking with him last night he had offers from Illinois, Indiana, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Akron and Bowling Green. He is also be actively being recruited by Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Williams has been visiting several schools this spring in order to learn about the programs he is seriously considering. The past few weeks he has made visits to Ann Arbor (Michigan), West Lafayette (Purdue) and Bloomington (Indiana). This weekend he was able to learn more about Michigan State. SpartanMag.com asked him about his time in East Lansing.

"It was beautiful," Williams stated. "It seemed more family oriented more than anything .I had a conversation with Coach Dantonio. I talked most with Coach Roushar and Coach Gill. They want to see me at camp this summer. Once I perform like a Caravan they will extend a scholarship to me."

Mount Carmel High School has a long tradition of athletic success. The Caravan are consistently one of the top programs in the state of Illinois. They have won 10 football State Championships and a record 12 Chicago Prep Bowl Championships. Some notable alumni from the school include Donovan McNabb, Simeon Rice and Chirs Chelios.

SpartanMag.com asked Williams about his expectations for his senior year and what he is looking for in a school and football programs that will help him make his college choice.

"I believe that last year I was a decent player, but this season I plan on being a whole different player," he stated. "I am 50-pounds heavier; I am more explosive and much faster than I was last year. The #1 thing I am looking for in a school would have to be the players I am going to be with while I am there. I want to make sure I can see myself playing there."

Many Spartan fans are familiar with Mount Carmel High School due to Coach Dantonio and Coach Roushar signing Arthur Ray Jr. from there back in 2007. That was Coach Dantonio's first class at Michigan State and Ray was seen as one of the gems. He was rated the #18 guard prospect in the nation and an Illinois top ten player.

Unfortunately, Ray's life was put in jeopardy due to bone cancer. He has spent the last few years fighting that battle and was finally able to suit up in a Spartan uniform for practice this spring.

Williams arrived at Mount Carmel High School after Ray had graduated, but he is familiar with his battle.

"I have only met Arthur Ray twice," he said. "But after hearing his story, he is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. He did not let cancer defeat him, he defeated it. It just shows that there is nothing that cannot be accomplished. It is a great accomplishment for Arthur ray to get back on the field. I am happy for him and his family."

As far as making a college choice, Williams plans on hitting some camps this summer in order to garner more scholarships and build a better rapport with the coaching staffs. He does not have a strict timeline as far as making a college choice, but will decide when he feels comfortable with his decision.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep an eye out for Williams this summer at the Spartan Elite Player Camp. He will surely get an opportunity to go up against other quality prospect and prove he has what it takes to be a Big Ten defensive tackle.

Matt's Take:

It is a very good year for defensive tackle talent in eth Midwest and Williams is a prime example of that. If it wasn't for players like Danny O'Brien, Tommy Schutt, Jaleel Johnson, Sheldon Day, Vincent Valentine and Matthew Godin, Williams would probably already have half a dozen Big ten offers. Landing more scholarships is not a matter of when, not if, for Williams. Look for him to be one of the players the Spartan Staff will be very excited to see at camp this summer.


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