Fort Wayne, Ind. athlete Bryndon Williams is seeing his recruitment heat up, but he continues to speak highly of Western Michigan and their overall program.
"Top three is probably Michigan, Michigan State, and Western Michigan, right now," Williams said. "Western Kentucky is pretty cool, they're probably my fourth."
While Williams does not currently have scholarship offers, he indicated that he recently received his first handwritten letter from Michigan and that he expects offers to come in this summer after schools see him work out. Williams tore his ACL while participating in 7-on-7s at Notre Dame and missed his junior season at Concordia Lutheran High School, which has led many programs to be cautious about offering at this stage.
Nonetheless, the 5-foot-10, 195 pound athlete says he feels as strong as ever.
"I had surgery on July 1st, and I was one of the quickest patients to get back, I was back in three months," Williams said. "When I came back, I ran a 4.68, I jumped a 35 inch vertical, I squatted 300 pounds coming off of surgery, so I came back pretty strong."
In Williams' sophomore season, he played running back and strong safety for the Cadets, putting up 1,057 all purpose yards and nine touchdowns on offense and registering 77 1/2 tackles on the defensive side. Williams said that he would prefer to play safety or outside linebacker at the collegiate level, but would play anywhere as long as he can get on the field. WMU is looking at Williams primarily as a running back.
When talking about Western Michigan, Williams mentioned that Concordia Lutheran runs a spread offense that is very similar to Bill Cubit's system, and that this is a big reason he is so high on WMU as a possible college destination.
"That's one reason why I looked at Western Michigan, because the transition to that offense would be pretty easy. It's high powered, they're not scared to throw the ball downfield, but they're also not afraid to hand the ball off," Williams said.
WMU recruiting coordinator Lou Esposito is handling the bulk of Williams' recruitment, and Williams said that Esposito is planning to visit Fort Wayne within a couple of weeks. Williams spoke highly of the staff and their attitude following his February visit to campus.
"I feel like the people up there actually care. Most schools, they'll give you the runover but I feel like Western Michigan really cares," Williams said.
Aside from the top four, Northwestern, Bowling Green, Missouri, Arizona State, Indiana, and Purdue are among those showing interest in the junior. Williams has visited Western Kentucky and WMU and plans to see Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona State, and Missouri in the coming months.
Williams cited his competitiveness and smarts for the game as his biggest assets, while he is continuing to work on his speed. Highlights of the athlete from his sophomore season can be viewed below.