During the 2021 recruiting cycle, the Huskers dipped into Georgia for their running back when Gabe Ervin signed with the team. Could they make it two years in a row with running backs from the Peach State?
This weekend the team hosted 4-star running back Justin Williams during the first official visit weekend of the summer.
— JUSTIN WILLIAMS AKA J-WILL (@akajwill) June 6, 2021
Williams visited the Huskers first because he really liked what the program showed him via Zoom and virtual visits. He came into the weekend expecting to see a nice campus and facilities. The Huskers came into the weekend as one of his top schools and the program did not disappoint.
“I mean, they exceeded my expectations,” Williams said. “I was really impressed with just about everything. Everyone was genuine and respectful. Just how everything was operating is first class. Even down to the players that I met, was everything was awesome.”
Williams was able to get a pretty deep dive into the Husker program this weekend. He was able to sit in on offensive meetings to go over plays with the offensive staff. They showed him how the offense can get him the ball in space. The playmaker enjoyed that since the concepts are similar to the ones he ones in high school. There was a lot of information given to him over the weekend but one part did stand out.
“The weight stuff and just how technical everything is with how they operate things stood out the most,” Williams said. “The plays from the offenses also stood out to me as well. I could see myself fitting in the scheme they run. I feel like that’d be a great offense for me to fit into.”
Ervin ended up being Williams’ player host for the weekend. The two Georgia backs did know each other before the trip. Things went smoothly between the pair and Williams said that Ervin was a great host during the weekend. Williams also got a chance to catch up with running backs coach Ryan Held. Williams liked Held’s energy and enjoyed playing ping pong with him in the player’s lounge.
Williams was joined on the visit by his mom, dad and brother. They gave the visit rave reviews too.
“Well, they thought it was awesome,” Williams said. “They were impressed by everything and like I said thought it was first class. My dad like the offense and stuff like that. My mom she’s more focused on the academic side. She was impressed about how they have everything set up for academics in order for you to be successful.”
Overall, Williams had an excellent trip to Nebraska. He thought the people were great and treated he and his family well. His favorite meal of the trip was a sausage and cheese burrito. Coming off the trip, the Huskers are going to be tough to beat.
“Right now, Nebraska is my top school out of all the schools recruiting me,” Williams said.
The Huskers might be waiting a while for a potential commitment. Williams has trips this month planned to West Virginia and Louisville. The back also plans to not choose a school until after his senior season.
“I’m looking for a home away from home,” Williams said. “An offense that I feel like really fits me and a coaching staff that is genuine.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.