Michigan, Michigan State fighting over Cincinnati TE

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Sycamore’s A.J. Williams

With Brady Hoke
now in charge, the Michigan Wolverines have redoubled their efforts in
pursuit of Ohio’s top prep football talent. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio
also has Ohio ties and a constant eye on the state’s prep talent. That
could set up some interesting Buckeye State battles between the Spartans
and Wolverines. One such battle already exists…


With Brady Hoke
now in charge, the Michigan Wolverines have redoubled their efforts in
pursuit of Ohio’s top prep football talent. It is not surprising. Hoke
is a Ohio native who rebuilt Ball State’s program at a previous stop by
changing the Indiana college’s recruiting approach to focus on
neighboring Ohio.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio
also has Ohio ties and a constant eye on the state’s prep talent. That
could set up some interesting Buckeye State battles between the Spartans
and Wolverines.

One such battle could be over tight end/offensive lineman A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore).

The 6-foot-6 and 265-pound Williams has been a starter at tight
end since the beginning of his sophomore season. In those two seasons he
has caught just three passes total, but Sycamore is primarily a running
team.

“I’m getting recruited as a tight end by some schools,” Williams
said. “Some talk about converting me to an offensive tackle. They say
both. If I stay athletic enough I’ll play tight end. On the other hand
if I get big enough I could go to offensive tackle. I’m open to either
one.”

Williams has 13 scholarship offers. His list includes
aforementioned Michigan State and Michigan, as well as Arkansas,
Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Louisville, Boston College, North
Carolina State, Vanderbilt and Bowling Green.

Williams has visited Michigan and Indiana.

“I loved Michigan,” Williams said. “I loved Indiana, too. I would
not say I have a favorite, but some schools like Michigan, Arkansas,
Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana stand out because of their names
and the education.”

Next up for Williams could be a trip to East Lansing.

“I might go to Michigan State’s spring game,” Williams said. “It
depends on my parents. I would like to get up there. I’ve been talking a
lot with coach (Harlan) Barnett.”

Bill Kurelic’s Comment: While Williams said he loved both
Michigan and Indiana, he definitely seemed more excited and impressed
when he talked about his visit to Ann Arbor. If I was picking a winner
right now for Williams I would go with Michigan. But Williams has not
yet visited Michigan State. It will be interesting to see what he says
if he gets up to the Green & White game next weekend.

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