Kasen Williams, the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, (according to Scout.com) is now down to his top five college choices. In no particular order these are the five schools: LSU, Florida, Notre Dame, California, and Washington.
Getting a recruit like Williams could change a program and help them recruit better players, or give them a playmaker at the receiver position that is a much needed position for most teams.
Williams says that all schools have an equal chance right now and it will come down to a couple of items.
One is the business school at each school which Williams wants to major in, getting along with fellow players at each program, what type of offense they run and what quarterbacks and receivers are in front of him.
Going to an LSU program, he would be playing with quarterback Jordan Jefferson for a couple of years because he is only a sophomore. Also, LSU runs a pro-style offense which might appeal to Williams because of the offense he ran in high school.
Florida provides John Brantley, a young quarterback taking the reigns the reigns this year. The Gators also run an offense that Williams has never ran, but it wouldn't be hard for him to learn it and it could give him touches at other positions than wide receiver.
Notre Dame is a legendary program that has been on a little bit of a slide but still has relevance as one of the biggest programs in the country. The fighting Irish has young Dayne Christ at quarterback, who Kasen Williams could play with. They also just got a new coach, Brian Kelly, from Cincinnati, where they ran a spread offense. Williams might like a spread type of offense with the ball being thrown at him a lot more than a pro-style.
The Golden Bears play in California which is close to Washington so location might play a part in Williams decision with Cal. Cal also has Kevin Riley, a senior, playing quarterback this season, and is looking to improve upon an OK year in 2009. The Golden Bears run a pro style offense and Williams seems keen to that idea.
Last is the Washington Huskies. The Huskies is the home school for Williams; his father went there and played football. Williams lives in Sammamish, Washington, which is about a 30 minute drive to the University of Washington. The Huskies are also a rising program with new coach Steve Sarkisian behind the reins. Sarkisian runs a pro style offense which goes wells with Williams. Also, young quarterback Nick Montana, (yes that's Joe Montana's son) is a freshman this year and seems to be the quarterback of the future.
If I had to take a guess what his top three out of those would be I would say: Florida, Notre Dame, and Washington.
And if I had to choose where he is going to school I would take the Washington Huskies as his pick and not just because I am a Huskies fan.
Williams' dad played at Washington and the program is rising fast. Many other recruits are very interested in the program and Sarkisian is becoming a very good coach. It also doesn't hurt that Jake Locker is their quarterback this year and is a Heisman candidate, all while bringing attraction to the Huskies.
So with the type of offense being ran at Washington, the rise of the program, the bright future they have with recruiting, the location, and his dad having previously played there, Washington looks like they could get this superstar in Kasen Williams.