By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa football team went to a place it doesn’t typically go on the recruiting trail this week when it offered three-star Saraland, Ala., native Jarel Williams.
Williams, a 2022 prospect, also has offers from Kansas State and Indiana.
“It felt great getting the offer knowing that schools are taking a look at me,” Williams said.
Williams said he doesn’t know much about Iowa, but is eager to learn from Iowa running backs coach and fellow Alabama native, Derrick Foster.
“I like coach Foster,” Williams said. “I was impressed that he wanted to know about me as a person instead of just an athlete.”
Though Williams has lived outside of the South, including Kanas and Germany, he said that being recruited by someone familiar with the region helps.
Foster’s coaching stops before Iowa came at Valdosta State, Tennessee, Northwestern State and Samford.
“I have lived outside of Alabama so it’s not that big of a deal,” Williams said. “But knowing someone from the South makes it easier to communicate because they are familiar with the environment.”
Williams said he does not have any favorites among the offers he currently holds.
Last season, Williams had 26 catches for 392 yards and six touchdowns.
Iowa currently has one player committed to its 2022 recruiting class in four-star Gowrie, Iowa, defensive lineman Aaron Graves.