August 16, 2009
Four-star Aldine RB ready to announce
Watching Darron Thomas practice with the Oregon Ducks, it is clear the future is bright at quarterback. But skills on the field aren't the only thing Thomas brings. Duck Sports Authority spoke with Aldine running back Dontae Williams, and it sounds like the former teammates may well hook up again.
The Oregon Ducks began recruiting nationally in earnest several years ago under head coach Mike Bellotti. With Chip Kelly now at the helm, nationally recruiting is now the norm, and seeds sown earlier are starting to pay dividends. In 2008, Rivals ranked Darron Thomas the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. At that time, Dontae Williams was a sophomore at Aldine High School. It isn't hard to imagine that Williams admired Thomas and has followed his career to Eugene.
"I talked to him last week when he was down in Houston," said Williams. "He was also my quarterback for my sophomore year."
Talking to Thomas has not been the focus of Williams' summer however. Football, more specifically getting better at it, has been dominating his time.
"This year I have been trying to do more with finesse and trying to make a guy miss," Williams reported. "I've been working at getting faster and stronger this summer."
Williams on film is a powerful runner, but he feels that isn't his only asset.
"Yes, I am more of a hard runner," agreed Williams" "I like to move forward and stay low to the ground. But I feel I do well catching the ball out of the backfield."
On the recruiting front, the Aldine star has offers coast-to-coast, with over 20 in all including offers from Arkansas, California, Ohio State and Texas A&M. For the Ducks, running backs coach Gary Campbell has been leading the effort.
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