Michigan has made strong early recruiting efforts in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana but the Wolverines continue to expand their recruiting radar nationally. 6-foot-5 guard Tyler Williams is a by-product of Michigan’s expanded recruiting range.
Williams, a Texas native, made the trip up to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s football game against Michigan State. The sophomore wing already holds four scholarship offers, including Iowa State and Texas A&M, and is drawing significant interest throughout the Big 12. Williams was in Ann Arbor for two days over the weekend and had a chance to not only watch the Wolverines top the Spartans on the gridiron but also watch the basketball team practice.
Can you describe your game?
I would probably say that I’m a long, athletic player who knows how to shoot over people. I have a pretty good midrange game, I know how to finish above the rim, and I can also shoot from the perimeter.
What skills are you working on for the high school season?
Everything from defense to scoring from outside to scoring in the post. Anything to help my team.
What schools have you been hearing from?
I’ve heard from Texas, Arizona, Kansas, of course Michigan, Virginia Tech, Baylor, SMU, Iowa State and some other Big 12 schools.
Any early offers?
Iowa State, SMU, Texas A&M and Houston.
What are you looking for in a school?
Just trying to find a coaching staff I can relate to, that I can go to with any type of problem. A good education, first off. A school that can hopefully help me get ready to play in the League. That’s pretty much it.
What did you do during your visit this weekend?
When we first got there, I got a tour of the whole PDC (Player Development Center) and just the whole campus, got a feel for what the campus life was like. After that, I came back the next day on a Saturday and got to watch the guys practice, go through a film session. After that, we tailgated with the whole team and other recruits and headed to the Michigan-Michigan State game.
Did any Michigan player in particular stand out in practice?
Tim Hardaway Jr. He’s a really good talent, so he’s always going to stick out.
Did you get to hang out with some of the players?
I hung out with Jordan Morgan, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. They were all good guys. They leave a good impression, make you feel real comfortable. They talked about dealing with college, what to look for, and all that stuff.
What did you think of the game?
It was great. I loved the whole atmosphere, especially the fact that Michigan won, so that was a plus. It was a good look.
Did you get to talk to the coaches during the visit?
Yes, I did. I talked to coach Alexander the most, he’s also been recruiting me pretty hard, so when I got there he was really excited. I talked to coach Alexander the most, but I also had a little film session with the head coach John Beilein.
How much contact have you had with the coaching staff?
I’ve had pretty good contact with them. Coach Alexander came down to watch me practice one time. I know I can call coach Alexander whenever I want.
What did you think of the coaching staff?
They’re really good. I loved it. They seem like they genuinely cared about the players and they looked forward to working with anyone who has the opportunity to come through Michigan.
What did you talk to the coaches about?
We talked about the system, how academics would come first. Just the basics. Run-throughs, asking me if I could see myself playing in Michigan’s system.
How did the visit go, overall?
It was a great experience. They treated me really well, and I wouldn’t have any bad things to say about Michigan.
What other visits have you taken this fall?
I also took a visit to Texas A&M. Texas A&M and Michigan are my two this year but last year I went to Texas and Baylor.
How did the visit to Michigan compare with the other visits you’ve taken?
It was above standards, as good as Texas and Baylor were. It was just a really good experience and helps raise the bars for other colleges in the future.
What do you like about Michigan?
I love the whole campus, I love what they’re doing with the renovations to the PDC and adding to the Crisler Center. I like all those renovations. I love that coach Beilein preaches academics, and I especially love the coaching staff.