UPDATE: Iowa Offered Spencer Williams a scholarship on Sunday, June 7.
Spencer Williams visited Iowa last week and learned a lot about the program and school. He’s scheduled to return for camp Sunday in hopes of showing the Hawkeyes he deserves a scholarship offer.
Iowa has handed out just one known offer to an in-state player in the 2016 Class after signing nine athletes from within the borders in the previous cycle. West Des Moines Valley offensive lineman John Raridon picked up an opportunity in January of ’14 but committed to Nebraska in September.
The Hawkeyes signed six offensive linemen in ’15 and position coach Brian Ferentz said in April they’ll probably only take two or three guys in the next group. It’s left Iowans like Williams and Jake Heinrich sitting behind highly-ranked, out-of-state players that they’ve offered.
Williams appears to be getting closer to pushing his way up Iowa’s board. He feels good about his meetings with head coach Kirk Ferentz and assistants Brian Ferentz, Reese Morgan and Chris Doyle on his visit last week.
"I was able to get a very in-depth look of, not only their football facilities, but the campus as a whole. They are very interested in me and can’t wait to see me compete (at camp)," he said.
"I got to speak with their academic advisors about how to get around and what they do there. It was amazing. I loved it all. I learned a lot about their recruitment process as well."
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound interior offensive lineman from Cedar Falls earned third-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association as a junior. The Tigers have been one of the top programs at producing Division I talent through the years, which includes Ike Boettger, Iowa’s projected starter at right tackle.
"I’m ready to show (the Iowa coaches at camp) that I never quit. I play aggressive and with a lot of heart. I also want to show my leadership on and off the field and that I am very coachable. I can’t wait," he said.
Williams verbally pledged to Western Michigan in late March. He said he’s still committed to the Broncos.
"Things with them are good. We will see how things go," he said.
Williams also reports scholarship offers from Marshall, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois. He’s considering other camps after Iowa but hasn’t locked in any of them.
"I’m still trying to finalize some things," he said.