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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Churchill’s Dominique Williams balances basketball, football

Churchill senior Dominique Williams spends his winters playing basketball, but as the 6-foot-1 guard continues to lead the Bulldogs on the hardwood, he is also sorting out his football future.

On a Saturday visit to Division II Alderson-Broaddus (W.V.), Williams picked up his first football scholarship offer to play safety. He said he’ll likely sign with the Battlers next Wednesday on National Signing Day unless a late Football Championship Subdivision or Football Bowl Subdivision offer materializes.

Williams said he has been in contact with several other schools, including Monmouth, Bucknell, Robert Morris, Marshall and Temple.

“I had high expectations for myself” at Churchill, said Williams, whose father, Willie, played 13 years in the NFL as a cornerback for the Steelers and Seahawks. “I knew if I came in humble, I was going to reach some kind of level of success. I put in a lot of work in my high school career, and you know, it pays off.”

Williams has balanced football and basketball duties at the Potomac public school, playing three varsity seasons of both sports. Churchill basketball coach Matt Miller said he’s been impressed by the player’s ability to meet his responsibilities for both without complaint.

“He just goes to work,” Miller said. “He’s found a way to juggle both and make it work. … He’s a good, versatile athlete, and he’s got a high motor. That’s an asset in both sports.”

In the fall, Williams started both ways as the Bulldogs make the Maryland 4A West playoffs for the second straight season. He caught four touchdowns on offense and was named first-team all-Montgomery 4A as a defensive back, switching between cornerback and safety. Willie Williams has served as the team’s defensive coordinator in his fifth season on the staff and will continue in that role with his younger son, Donovan, coming to high school next year.

On the basketball court, Dominique Williams averages 11.7 points per game, and in Monday’s 67-58 win over Richard Montgomery, he became the program’s all-time steals leader with 127. A few Division III schools, including St. Mary’s (Md.) and Washington and Lee, have asked Miller if Williams would consider playing basketball at the next level.

But Williams said he made the final decision in the fall that he would pursue college football, always believing that at least one school would step up with a full scholarship offer in that sport as he turned his focus to basketball.

“I know a couple football players [at Churchill] have been overlooked because the school doesn’t really have a history of putting out a lot of D-I athletes,” Williams said. “You can’t fret on that. I kept working hard and being patient, kept waiting.”

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