Davion Williams spent most of his life thinking basketball would be his path to college. Then, last fall he decided to give football a try.
He’s glad he did.
The Belleville (MI) cornerback has seen his recruiting stock on the gridiron continually rise. Scholarship offers there exceed is opportunities on the hardwood.
While some crossover athletes struggle with leaving a sport they grew up loving for a new one, Williams said he’s smoothly transitioned. And another season of high school basketball remains.
“It wasn’t too tough to put basketball second because my father always told me the ball has to stop bouncing at one point in your life so use what you can get out of it,” Williams told HN.
Williams (6-1, 175) ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash at Sunday’s Opening Cleveland regional. He posted a 37.9-inch vertical jump and conquered the agility drill in 4.20 seconds.
Williams said his basketball background has helped with his reaction time and ability to stay in front while defending his man on the field.
Colleges have taken notice. Iowa and Iowa State offered him a scholarship on April 3. Illinois and Indiana have extended opportunities since then. He already reported offers from Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Buffalo, Ball State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Toledo before that and he’s has heard from Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh.
The Hawkeyes offered Williams when he visited campus on April 3.
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“It surprised me. I was very thankful to receive the offer. It meant that now I have to have to work even harder to show I can be the the best DB for Iowa,” he said.
Williams met with defensive coordinator/secondary coach Phil Parker and director of recruiting Tyler Barnes when he visited.
“They told me that I was a rare DB because of my athleticism and height,” William said. “What stood out to me about Iowa when I visited was the history of the school and of course DB Desmond King, who won the Jim Thorpe Award.”
Williams watched the Hawkeyes practice. It provided him with an opportunity to see what being a player there would be like.
“I learned that the coaches are more than a team, they’re a family. I heard the atmosphere there is crazy. Games sell out every time,” he said.
Williams said he liked to return to Iowa soon with his family. He wants to get a closer look at the school’s academics.
“I want to go into Business Marketing to be a entrepreneur,” he said.
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Williams doesn’t have a decision date set but has an idea when he’d like to choose a college.
“I feel like I would commit to a school this August. I don’t want to wait,” he said.
The 247 network ranks Williams as the 29th best shooting guard in the country for the ’18 class. He reportedly holds scholarship offers from Toledo, Oakland, Detroit and Eastern Michigan for basketball. He’s been a member of the Detroit News all-state team the last two seasons.
Williams also played wide receiver this season but most schools view him as a cornerback at the next level. You can see what they like within his junior highlights below: