Williams enjoying his American adventure

Williams enjoying his American adventure

When North Dakota State College of Science's Matt Williams left Europe at age fifteen he wasn't planning a career in American football. During his journey in the United States over the past few years things changed and he is now a very highly sought after offensive lineman.

"I have scholarship offers from California, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, UCLA, and Kansas State," said Williams. "I'm open to all of them and just looking for the best fit."

The best fit for the 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive tackle was not even a football field when he first left Europe at a young age.

"When I left Liverpool, England at age 15 I was coming to the U.S. in pursuit of a basketball career," said Williams. "When I was at prep school in New Hampshire I also played soccer and then I started watching American football and really got into it so I decided to start playing it my junior year. I played wide receiver as a junior and then tight end as a senior. I was all set to go to Oklahoma Panhandle State but then my coached connected with the staff at North Dakota State College of Science and he told them that he had a guy who he thought could be a player and so I came here and it has really been working out."

Williams made the switch to offensive line last season as he was the back-up right tackle and says he has been very pleased with getting to play his new position.

"They felt I could be pretty solid at tackle because I had solid feet due to all the basketball I played," he said. "I really love it. I have a lot more fun playing tackle than I did playing wide receiver and tight end."

Iowa State spotted Williams when they were recruiting Matt's teammate John Caspers last season. Caspers joined the Cyclones 2010 recruiting class and has let Matt know that Iowa State would be a great place for him.

"I speak with him a lot and I asked him about Iowa State," said Williams. "He told me that it was a great place and that I definitely should take a visit so I really need to sit down and look into it."

The person who Matt has become closest to within the Iowa State program is their offensive line coach. "I talk about once a week with Coach Bleil and he's really a great guy. I like him a lot and I could definitely play for him," said Williams. "He wants me to come out for a visit so I definitely will be looking at possibly doing that."

So what is Williams looking for in a school?

"The first thing is a great education and then a school that plays great football," he said. "I also want a great relationship with the offensive line coach and to make sure that the coaching staff will be staying there while I play there."

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