Philly back picks up an ASU offer

David Williams (Philadelphia/West Catholic) picked up his ninth offer this week, but this one should not come as much of a surprise.

On Monday, Williams received an offer from Arizona State – and new coach Todd Graham. While the coach at Pittsburgh, Graham was one of the first to offer Williams, a member of the ESPNU 150 Watch List. Sun Devils assistant Mike Norvell reached out to Williams on Facebook to extend the offer.

“It was the first time I talked to him since they made the change [to Arizona State],” Williams said. “Coach Norvell is the main person I really talk to. I have a good relationship with him.”

Graham will bring his “high-octane” offense to Tempe, Ariz., and is hoping to bring the Philadelphia native Williams with him next year.

“They need a running back that can take over and get the ball 30 to 40 times a game when they need it,” Williams said. “Basically they need a running back that has all the features of a complete back.”

If Williams feels comfortable at Arizona State he said distance would not be a factor.

Williams said he believes Michigan State, South Carolina or Wisconsin will be the next to offer. With the Badgers’ long list of successful running backs and offensive lineman, Williams said playing in the Badgers’ backfield would be “a dream.”

“They always produce good linemen that can block and their history shows it,” he said.

This offseason, Williams doesn’t have any visits planned but is hoping to make it to those three schools that might offer soon as well as Boston College and Notre Dame. Williams planned to visit the Fighting Irish during the season but his flight kept getting delayed until it was too late to make it to the game on time.

Williams does not list any favorites at this point and will allow his visits to help shape a leaderboard. He holds offers from a number of teams along the East Coast as well as the Irish and Purdue.

In his first year as a starter, Williams amassed more than 1,950 rushing yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He was third on West Catholic's depth chart a season ago but still managed to rush for nearly 1,000 yards.