Cedar Falls lineman changes commitment to Hawkeyes

Andy Hamilton

Spencer Williams had a hunch what was about to happen when Iowa assistant coach Reese Morgan pulled him aside Sunday and said Kirk Ferentz wanted to meet with him.

It was one of those moments for the Cedar Falls offensive lineman that brought back memories of Saturday afternoons in Kinnick Stadium and walks across the Iowa City campus with his father. It stirred up thoughts that his dream of joining the Hawkeyes was about to come true.

Just as Williams suspected, Ferentz informed him Iowa was extending a scholarship offer. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound center prospect backed out of the commitment he made in March to Western Michigan and committed Monday to the Hawkeyes.

"It was unreal," Williams said. "It was my dream offer. It's what I always wanted. Just the fact that it's here and it happened is really amazing. I can't wait to be in Iowa City."

Williams is believed to be the fifth player to commit to Iowa's 2016 class and the first in-state prospect. He also had offers from Colorado State, Marshall, Florida Atlantic, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois, Harvard, Yale and Cornell.

"I went into the (Iowa) camp with the goal to earn an offer," he said. "But I wasn't really putting it in my head that I was going to get an offer. I knew I was going to have to go out and compete to the best of my ability and do whatever I could to earn a scholarship."

Williams said Iowa coaches told him they wanted to see him compete in a live setting. He said they were impressed with his aggressiveness and technique.

The two-year varsity starter worked at right tackle as a sophomore and right guard as a junior. He said he's working on snapping this season and the Hawkeyes project him as a center.

"Of course," Williams said, "I'll play anywhere they need me."