Ra’Shawn Williams has big plans for his sophomore year with two-time defending Division 2 state champion Detroit King.
Williams wants to be an impact player in King’s offense, a primary weapon for junior quarterback Dequan Finn as a 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver.
Williams already has a half-dozen Division 1 offers, including one from Ohio State. He earned that one after attending the Buckeyes’ camp in June.
“We went through drills, basically working on footwork, then after that went with one-on-one and I just showed myself, just showed my skills,” said Williams.
Ambry Thomas is gone from last year’s state title team and is now at Michigan, but senior Jaeveyon Morton (38 receptions, 567 yards, 13 TDs) returns, along with Williams, who had 17 catches for 241 yards and four TDs.
Williams is banking on a big season for himself and Finn.
“I’m trying to have at least 16 touchdowns and 600 yards (receiving),” he said.
Williams added of Finn: “To me he’s the best quarterback in the PSL, really the best quarterback in Michigan. His strength is reading the defense. You can tell by how he watches film, everything is fluid with him.”
Williams, who runs a 4.6 40, also has offers from Kentucky, Temple, Syracuse, Central Michigan and Bowling Green.
Williams knows King’s opponents will be coming in with their “A” game this season. The Crusaders open on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. against Indianapolis Cathedral at Wayne State.
“We have to work hard to be better than everybody else because everybody will be gunning for us, knowing that we’re back-to-back champions; they’ll be looking for us,” Williams said.
Junior Marvin Grant will join Morton in the secondary as a four-star safety with a dozen offers, including Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa and Indiana.
Grant, 6-2 and 190 pounds, has gotten much stronger than a year ago.
“I played at 6-1 and 178 pounds last year; now I’m 6-2 and 190 and I can max 225 pounds (bench press), up from 185,” noted Grant. “I’m just working on my technique, being more physical this year.”