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Junior RB David Williams off to hot start

David Williams was third on West Catholic's (Pa.) running back depth chart last year, has never rushed for 1,000 yards and is only two games into his junior season but already has several offers.

In fact, before he took the first hand off of his junior campaign or stepped foot on Notre Dame's campus, the Fighting Irish were still comfortable enough to offer the Philadelphia back a scholarship.

"I was pretty excited," Williams said. "It caught me off guard. I was supposed to go visit but my flight got bumped. I figured they would wait longer and wouldn't offer me until I came down."

Williams has been off to a hot start this year. Though the Burrs sit at 0-2, it isn't because of a lack of production from Williams, who ran for 124 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. He followed that with a 206-yard performance against Archbishop Wood, a PIAA Class AAA semifinalist last year.

It is performances like those two that have a host of schools interested. Auburn, Oregon, California, Florida, Penn State and Vanderbilt have all sent him mail, including a multitude of others Williams couldn't remember off the top of his head.

In addition to the Irish, Connecticut, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia have all verbally offered the 6-foot-1, 190-pound back. Williams has visited all those schools with the exception of Virginia.

He camped at Rutgers this summer and was impressed by lead recruiter Brian Angelichio and the facilities, most notably the weight room.

"Coach Angelichio doesn't act like uptight coaches, he's real cool," Williams said. "I could talk to him about anything. We talked like every other week until the season came. Now we talk here and there on Facebook."

Rutgers' staff offered Williams seconds before he ran a drill.

"I was getting ready to run my 40, and [a coach] said that I'm going to be happy by the end of the day," Williams said.

Williams also made it down to College Park for Maryland's game against Miami (Fla.). Previously, Williams had only been to Temple games, and he said Byrd Stadium was on a completely different level.

And of course, he liked the uniforms and helmets.

"The fans were going wild, it was a full house. I was amazed," Williams said. "That was my first college game with an atmosphere for people going crazy."

Williams is also high on in-state Pittsburgh. Running backs coach Calvin Magee has built a solid relationship with Williams, and even coach Todd Graham has called Williams a few times. The only other head coach who has called Williams is Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Most of his conversations with Graham center around the changes Graham has made at Pitt and the run-based offense he is installing.

"It means a lot for the head coach to call," Williams said. "They are always busy and don't have time, so it shows how much they really care."

Williams said he doesn't have a favorite and has no plans to rush into a decision. Just because Notre Dame is the biggest brand name that has offered doesn't mean he will jump on it.

"I can't say it's my favorite because it's the biggest one," he said. "I've never been out there."

Centerville junior lineman's stock rising

Centerville (Ohio) offensive lineman Evan Lisle was one of the state's top juniors heading into the season, and he has proved why the last two weeks.

Against an overmatched opponent this past weekend, Lisle was consistently driving defenders back before moving on to the next level.

It wasn't just the competition that made Lisle look good, though. During the Herbstreit Classic on Sept. 5, Centerville played against Cathedral (Indianapolis), Indiana's all-time winningest program.

"He had nine knockdowns and three domination blocks, which is driving a guy three, four, five yards and putting them on their back," Centerville coach Ron Ullery said. "That was in the just the first half.

"He's gonna be good."

A number of BCS schools, including Michigan and Ohio State, have already been in contact with Lisle.

Four-star WR Stanford intent on playing vs. rival

For four-star receiver Dwayne Stanford II (Cincinnati/Taft), there couldn't have been a worse time for him to roll his ankle. On Friday night, Taft will take on Cincinnati rival Withrow, the school Stanford originally planned on transferring to after deciding to leave Roger Bacon.

"I can't wait," Stanford said.

But Stanford's status is up in the air after suffering a high left ankle sprain against Indian Hills on Friday.

During the third quarter while playing cornerback, Stanford was coming up to make a tackle on the quarterback. As Stanford went for the tackle, his teammate at linebacker came from the side and hit the quarterback first. Stanford ended up getting knocked over and his foot got stuck in the ground.

Stanford left the game and did not return. Doctors have placed his foot in a walking boot.

"Right now, the doctors said keep taking the medicine and keep icing it," Stanford said Sunday. "(This week) I got physical therapy, and (my availability Friday) depends on what I'm able to do.

"They got me walking around in the boot, and I'm just trying to take it easy."

Taft coach Mike Martin said that if Stanford plays against Withrow, he will continue to also use him at corner. Martin said Stanford will likely be a game-time decision.

Stanford insists he will play Friday as long as it wouldn't jeopardize his future. Not only does Stanford have a history with Withrow, but he's confident he is in for a big night Friday based on what Withrow likes to do defensively.

"They man up (in coverage) and bring everybody (on the blitz)," he said. "Knowing they plan man coverage I know I got to play.

"When I see bump and run I'm licking my chops."

Michigan fullback a touchdown machine

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan, speaking about former Vikings receiver Cris Carter, once said “all he does is catch touchdowns.”

Well, all Roosevelt (Wyandotte, Mich.) fullback Hunter Matt does is rush for touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior ran the ball four times this weekend, totaling 140 yards and four touchdowns.

"Hunter's a special player. We wanted to give him the ball. We knew it was a big game and he was focused," Roosevelt coach Ron Adams told The Detroit News. "Four carries ... you can see what he's capable of."

Through three games, Matt has rushed the ball only nine times for 208 yards and six touchdowns. The average length of Matt's rushing touchdowns are 33 yards.

Jared Shanker covers Midwest recruiting. He can be reached at jshankerespn@gmail.com.