It’s pretty common to see multiple schools in one conference battling for recruits, although it’s rare to see it happen outside of the typical conference footprint. However, earlier today, we saw an out-of-footprint battle transpire between the two Big 12 teams that recruit out of footprint the most: West Virginia and Iowa State. Alex Williams, an Ohio lineman, had been committed to Iowa State since last April, but following a visit to Morgantown he flipped his allegiance to West Virginia. He’s the fifth player to join WVU’s 2018 class.
Alex Williams has committed to play football at West Virginia University!
— Panther Football (@pnfootball) May 9, 2017
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Williams picked West Virginia over only one other offer, Iowa State’s obviously, though he did have interest from Pittsburgh, and a few MAC schools. He’s a guy that a lot of Big 10 schools were keeping an eye on as well, so this may not be the end of his recruitment if he blows up after a big senior season.
Exposure isn’t a big issue for Williams, but in the past, it’s mostly been playing time. He’s been behind some top talent at Pickerington North, one of the best high school football programs in Ohio. A lot of people are anticipating a huge senior season for Williams on both sides of the ball, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some offers roll in for Williams come October/November.
On the field, Williams has the size and athletic ability to be a stud, but he needs a lot of work on his skills. As I said, he plays both sides of the ball, at defensive end and offensive tackle. He was recruited by Bruce Tall, the WVU defensive line coach, so I anticipate that we’ll see him on defense in Morgantown, but he has the frame to play either way. He’s a bit more skilled on the defensive side of the ball, and with his athleticism, a 6-foot-7 defensive end is difficult to pass up on. His ceiling comparison is Jadeveon Clowney.