Local Lineman Holds Strong Connections to Maryland, Eyeing Visits

2024 three-star offensive tackle Mike Williams wrapped up his junior season at Flowers after a hectic offseason. After beginning his career at Rock Creek (MD), he and Kahari Finley both transferred to St. Frances in the spring before Williams transferred back to his districted school last summer. That gave the 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle a chance to start at left tackle for Flowers, who fell in the state championship to Quince Orchard. Still, he’s looking ahead to the offseason to build onto his frame.

“My goals for this off season are to get stronger, faster, and bigger,” Williams told IBG. That sentiment was shared with Maryland running backs coach Elijah Brooks, who is leading his recruitment. “I just had a conversation with coach Brooks about a week ago just talking about the off season and preparing for next season but with the football season coming to an end we will have more time to talk.”

Williams wasn’t able to make it to any schools this fall with several of his own games falling on Saturdays. For now, he’s looking to visit Penn state, Arkansas and North Carolina to expand his horizon but the Terps are entrenched in the mix.

“He’s just adding fuel to the fire. I could be the first local guy to commit, get the ball rolling. There’s a lot of local talent so I can help jumpstart that. Maryland is home, it’s always going to be home so they’ll always me my number one.” Williams admitted he’ll look to get back on campus, but doesn’t need the staff to answer any lingering questions.

“Me and [Mike Locksley] and Brooks, we’ve had plenty of talks so I don’t think they have anything to answer or prove. They’ve laid everything out for me.”

Williams will analyze a variety of factors before a decision is made, but admitted what’ll separate his top schools in the end. “Hospitality what college is going to make me feel at home.”

What’s his early commitment timeline?

“Before the first game of the season.”

Williams is rated a three-star prospect and an 84 overall by On3, ranked as the 24th-best prospect in Maryland.

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