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December 30, 2007• More Army All-American Bowl Coverage | U.S. Army All-American Bowl Rosters
SAN ANTONIO - It's going to be either Boston College or Virginia Tech and Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson running back Ryan Williams said he will announce his college decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Both programs have impressed him when he took his visits so it will not be an easy choice.
"I felt comfortable (at Virginia Tech) with the guys there and the coaching staff," Williams said. "Everyone made me feel very comfortable. When I was walking through meeting the academic advisors, all the attention was on me like, 'We have to get this guy.' It seemed like they wanted to make sure, everyone I talked to at the school, they put emphasis on the fact they wanted me so bad. I feel real good about that.
"(At Boston College it was) great academics, a great football program, coach (Jeff Jagodzinski) was awesome and so was coach Steve Logan, the offensive coordinator. What they do with their running backs, not just running the ball, but passing the ball, that is big for me because I don't want to be known as just a guy who runs the ball. I want to catch the ball and show people if they want to pitch me the ball, I can throw a pass."
Williams, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound prospect who is rated as the third-best running back nationally by Rivals.com, had a shortened senior year because of a nagging ankle injury.
He suffered a high sprain in Stonewall Jackson's first scrimmage and then sustained a low sprain on the same ankle early in the season. Williams finished with about 700 rushing yards in five games. Being limited because of injuries is one reason why he plans to take this week so seriously.
"I've been watching this game since I was a freshman dreaming about this game and I'm finally here," he said. "This year didn't go as well with the ankle injury. My ankle still bothers me but I'm just trying to do the best I can. Whatever the amount of carries I get I'm just trying to run as hard as I can."
Williams, who is originally from Newburgh, N.Y., said it is going to be a difficult decision since both schools offer so much.
"I can't decide on just an overall program because both are great programs athletically and academically," he said. "Getting a degree from BC is way up there like an Ivy League school so it's great. I love both schools."
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