Bullis junior running back Devonte Williams has plenty of time to make the decision of where he’ll play his college football — and likely plenty more Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers still headed his way — but the 5-foot-9, 162-pound speedster has already found a lot to like in the offers he’s gotten from Buffalo, Temple, and Western Michigan.
Williams visited Temple two weeks ago, and says it’s “probably my favorite” right now.
“I loved a lot of things about the school. I loved the atmosphere, especially the game-day atmosphere,” Williams said. “I didn’t get to do a campus tour, but I’m definitely headed up there again in the next couple weeks to do an unofficial visit of the campus.”
Williams said he hopes to make his decision before his senior year, but not too soon, as he hopes a few other schools may still decide to offer him. One of those schools is the University of Pittsburgh.
“I really like Pitt. I like Pitt a lot. My dad played running back at the University of Pittsburgh, so that’s why I’m so eager to learn more about their program,” Williams said. “I’m going to their game versus Notre Dame.”
Interest in Williams continues to increase in the midst of a junior season that’s seen him follow up his breakout sophomore year with 809 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in six games. Williams missed the Bulldogs’ first game of the year — a 42-0 loss to St. John’s College High School — with an injury. Bullis (6-1) hasn’t lost since.
“It was devastating. But my uncle and my father told me I could learn a lot just by sitting back and watching the game. Which I did,” Williams said. “I learned we’ve got a lot of heart. They never gave up, even when we were losing.”
And that loss didn’t lead the Bulldogs to give up on their season, which is barreling towards IAC play beginning this week with St. Alban’s (1-5). Despite the heightened intensity of his recruiting process, Williams says he’s completely focused on the the four remaining games on Bullis’s schedule.
“I worry about my team. The team comes first, definitely. I want to get the recruiting process out of the way as fast as possible just so I can focus on my senior season and the rest of my junior year.”