Lincoln's Williams signs with IU

Lincoln's Williams signs with IU


Lincoln's Williams signs with IU


Lincoln High football star Taj Williams finally has an answer for all the questions.

A month after National Signing Day, Williams put pen to paper and accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Indiana University this fall. He faxed the paperwork to the school Wednesday after visiting the campus last weekend.

“Yes, I’m glad it’s finally over,” Williams said. “I got asked so many questions. Everyone was asking, ‘Where are you going? Where are you going? Why don’t you know where you’re going?'”

Williams is a huge prize for the Hoosiers. He recorded 608 receiving yards (catching nine touchdown passes) as a receiver, and also had 20 tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back. Williams earned Big Bend Co-Player of the Year honors after helping lead the Trojans to the Class 7A title game.

He said he will play receiver at Indiana for one very simple reason.

“I like scoring touchdowns,” Williams said.

Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir said part of the reason for Williams’ delayed decision was so he could clean up some academic issues.

“We wanted to have everything complete and concrete,” Shakir said. “That’s it. It’s done. He’s ready to go.”

Williams picked Indiana after also considering Auburn, Washington State, South Florida, Clemson and Cal. He said Minnesota offered a scholarship just last week, but he felt comfortable with the Hoosiers after his visit.

“They have a lot of great people up there – players and coaches,” Williams said. “When I stepped off the plane, they had players there waiting for me.”

Williams said he hopes to major in childhood development, “so I can do something to help kids. Be a counselor, be a coach – give back to the community.”

Shakir said his star receiver never got too wrapped up in the recruiting storms that seemed to consume so many blue-chip prospects.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Shakir said. “He wants to play ball in college. But some of these kids want all the attention. Taj told me before the season, ‘All I want to do is play for a championship. That’s my No. 1 goal for this season.’ And that’s what we did.

“Taj wasn’t into all the hype and all the attention with recruiting. It was very refreshing dealing with him.”


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