Big Ten Schools Among Suitors After Local Four-Star Running Back

St. Frances’ offense has benefitted from productive running backs over the years. From Joachim Bangda to Ron Kellman to Durell Robinson, the Panthers will turn to a new face next fall when four-star running back Dejuan Williams gets a chance to shine with teammate Nicholas Harris filling out the rotation.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I always thought I could do it but now I can really show people what I’m about it with the ball in my hands,” Williams told IBG. The lone individual goal for the 5-foot-10.5, 194-pound running back is to be “Gatorade player of the year and the best running back in the country” while St. Frances has their eyes set on a national championship. While the Panthers are already over a month into offseason workouts with spring ball still roughly a month away, Williams has been able to pay recruiting attention after a pair of visits last month.

The first stop was Oregon where he and four-star QB Mike Van Buren took in Eugene, then Williams and his mom took in Michigan for their first time the following weekend. “It was a great experience. I’ll be back there in the spring for a practice,” Williams told IBG. “I got to meet Blake Corum, great to see him. We chopped it up for a little bit. He was telling me about coming from Maryland and the Big House, just what to expect and how to prepare for it.”

Williams is looking at three out-of-state schools to visit once spring ball resumes.

“I’m trying to get to Penn State, Ohio State and Cincinnati.” The Nittany Lions have tried to break into St. Frances and sit in the top group for both Van Buren and Williams heading into the spring. “Coach [Jajuan] Seider has been texting me a lot,” Williams added.

Hometown Maryland is still in the mix with inside linebacker coach Lance Thompson still in pursuit and the Terps hosted him for a pair of games last fall. “They do a great job. Coach [Mike] Locksley, he checks up on me a good amount. He came by the school, him and coach [Lance Thompson], so I got to see them in-person.”

Williams will likely make the short trip to campus for practice in the spring but early on, he’s wide open in his recruitment.

“Location honestly doesn’t play a big role for me. It’s going to be about the fit, the relationship with me and my mom and just how I feel. I’d love to stay home, I love being home but it won’t be a difference for me in my decision.”

Williams is rated a four-star prospect and a 90 overall by IBG. He checks in as the tenth-best prospect in Maryland and the 291st-best prospect nationally.

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