Indiana lands commitment from 3-star RB Devonte Williams #iufb

Indiana added another player to its stable of running backs on Monday, picking up a verbal commitment from three-star prospect Devonte Williams.

Williams, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back, flipped from Marshall, where he originally committed in November. Williams profiles as a scat back at the next level, finishing his senior season with 1,899 rushing yards and catching 22 passes for five touchdowns. The Maryland native averaged more than eight yards per carry and scored 23 total touchdowns.

In addition to Marshall and Indiana, Williams also considered Oklahoma State. Both Rivals and 247 Sports rate Williams as a three-star prospect. He’s the second commit to flip for Indiana in as many days after the Hoosiers secured a verbal pledge from former Maryland safety commit Jameel Cook on Sunday.

“This has by far been the toughest decision of my life and I just want to thank Marshall and the Whole coaching staff for recruiting me through this whole process,” Williams wrote in a post on his Instagram account. “… I also want to thank Oklahoma State and coach (Mike) Gundy. However, I am now officially Committed to Indiana University! I can’t wait to put on the Crimson and Cream!”

Williams is the 23rd member of IU’s 2015 recruiting class, joining UAB transfer Jordan Howard in the backfield. Indiana also returns Devine Redding and Tommy Mister to its backfield this fall.

IU coach Kevin Wilson has two spots left to fill before signing day on Wednesday. According to Rivals, Indiana’s class is currently sixth best in the Big Ten and ranked No. 43 in the nation.

5 comments

  1. Redheart, Curious where you read or heard about Graham leaving? Must of been most recent happening.

  2. This kid is good, not only is he a burner but he can make people miss and has good field vision. He could play RB and do fine despite his size. Absolutely impressive video!

  3. For a 5′ 9″ guy, this kid has a pretty long stride. He’s covering about 5 yds per stride by my estimation. He’s also changing direction without deceleration. I can see him spending time in the slot as well as running wheel routes out of the backfield.
    Tomorrow’s the day, get all these young men signed CKW and staff. Hoosier Nation has your backs. Go Hoosiers!!!

  4. There have been and still are a lot of great backs that were no bigger than 5’9″. Ray Rice, Scrolls, Walter Peyton, Barry Sanders, etc. With another 20 pounds of muscle, this young man will be plenty big enough.

    Any word as to whether Wilson will leave a slot or two open to see what develops after signing day?

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