Ryan Williams (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) is quickly making a name for himself as a dependable running back. The 2015 standout has been a key contributor in LSW’s 4-0 start, and with the regular season approaching the halfway point, Williams looks to only be getting better.
Williams ran for 78 yards and a touchdown in a 35-28 overtime win against Blue Springs (Mo.) last Friday. The bulk of the yards came on a 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave LSW a 28-21 advantage.
“So far, we’ve just been trying to stay on track, stay focused and stay humble,” Williams said. “We have a target on our backs, and we’ve got to keep working.
“With me, I’m just trying to get what I can. When I get the chance, I try to break loose. I’m trying to play my role.”
At 6-foot and 180 pounds, Williams brings good size in the backfield. He becomes even more frustrating to defenders in the open field, as he has run the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds, a time he posted at the Missouri satellite camp in Kansas City, Mo., over the summer. Williams described himself as a speed back who isn’t afraid to grind for yards after initial contact.
“When I see green grass, I try to take advantage of it,” he said. “I’m looking to fall forward to get the extra yard.”
On the recruiting trail, Williams has attracted interest from Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. He admits that his mind isn’t on the recruiting game at the moment, as his goals are geared more for his older teammates who still remember a 2011 season where they lost a 76-70, four-overtime state semifinal to eventual Missouri Class 5 champion Kansas City (Mo.) Staley.
“This season, I want to win state for my seniors. They want it bad, especially after last year,” Williams said. “After that, then I can worry about going D-1 in football.”