Iowa football has had a LeShun in the backfield -- now it's going to have a Leshon. On Thursday, Iowa picked up a verbal commitment from Class of 2020 recruit Leshon Williams.
IS IT REALLY A SURPRISE.... pic.twitter.com/a17NvzUqHW— LESHON WILLIAMS 4 (@LboogieG) May 16, 2019
Williams is listed at 5'10", 205 lbs and he hails from Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn, a Chicago suburb. Williams was wildly productive for Richards last season, racking up 2115 yards (!)and 24 touchdowns on a 9.7 yards per carry average (!!) while helping them to a 12-1 record. For an Iowa team seeking answers in the ground game, Williams immediately becomes a very exciting addition to the program (though he won't be on campus until 2020, of course).
A consensus 3* recruit, Williams chose Iowa over a bevy of offers, including Kansas State, Cincinnati, Wyoming, and basically the entire MAC. He didn't need long to make his decision, either -- Williams received his Iowa offer on Wednesday night and gave his verbal commitment less than 24 hours later on Thursday. In a conversation with Hawkeye Report, Williams indicated that he'd been waiting for an Iowa offer and had been excited about the program since they recruited one of his teammates, 2019 defensive back recruit Sebastian Castro:
“It wasn’t really a hard decision,” said Williams. “I’ve been high on Iowa ever since my teammate, Sebastian Castro, committed there.”
When watching Williams' highlights, one word comes to mind: elusive.
He shows twitchy hips, excellent balance, and very good change of direction skills. He doesn't make the highlight reel stop-and-go jukes that someone like Akrum Wadley did, but he does an impressive job of almost swimming through defenses and evading tackles. He looks especially threatening in the open field and while his speed doesn't look blazing fast, he certainly looks fast enough -- it's not like he was getting caught from behind much. He's also got good hands and can be a weapon on passes out of the backfield, which gives him added versatility. In short, there's plenty of like from his film.
Williams becomes the 10th member of Iowa's 2020 recruiting class -- and its second running back. In fact, he's Iowa's second running back named Williams in this recruiting class, after landing a commitment from Des Moines-area prospect Gavin Williams back in January. Leshon Williams looks like another exciting addition to Iowa's backfield of the future and we're looking forward to seeing what he can do in Iowa City. Welcome aboard, Leshon.