Danville's Williams chooses Union

February 26, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Bryan Williams wanted to go someplace where he'd be appreciated, and he thinks he's found it in Union.

The Danville senior lineman signed with the Bulldogs Wednesday. He said he was happy to have the decision behind him, and that he felt good about choosing a team that was with him the whole way.

"They were there from day one, and they never stopped," Williams said. "Other schools, I wouldn't hear from them for a couple months. But Union really wanted me and I decided to go there."

Williams said he also considered Campbellsville, Cumberland, Kentucky Wesleyan and Pikeville.

Williams took his second visit, but first overnight stay, last weekend. He said the coaching staff "took him under their wings" and made him feel like he'd be a key part of their future plans.


"They really showed they have a compassion for linemen and know that linemen are the key to winning," Williams said. "I met the players when I was down there, and they're all tremendous athletes and they took me in like a little family member.

Williams said he will play on the offensive line, either guard or tackle. But best of all, according to Williams, is the opportunity to play right away.

"If I had gone to some other school, I might have been sitting on the bench until I was a junior or a senior," Williams said. "Here, I'm getting a chance to play right away because they're hurting up front offensively from what I've been told. I need to get game-ready, and the only way to really do that is to get experience."

He was recruited to Union by former Boyle County assistant Tim Rogers, who had seen Williams during his time on the Boyle sidelines.

Danville coach Sam Harp said Rogers and head coach Tommy Reid are getting a good player in Williams.

"This is a great day for Bryan," Harp said. "He has worked extremely hard to get to this point. Bryan is more than just a good football player, he's a quality young man. His best football is still ahead of him.

"Bryan is so easy to coach because he loves the game. He loves the competitiveness and he loves to play. Best of all, he does it all the right way."

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