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Gavin Williams made waves Jan. 11 when he committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Before he gets to Iowa City, though, the central Iowan will make waves with the state's top high school football program.
Since school resumed after the winter break, Williams has officially been a junior at Dowling Catholic, Maroons athletic director and football coach Tom Wilson confirmed to the Register. Williams' mother, Kori Williams, also confirmed the transfer the night her son committed to Iowa.
"It was a family decision," she said, preferring not to elaborate further.
Williams played his first three seasons at Southeast Polk, most recently amassing 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns during the Rams' 2018 Class 4A semifinal run.
So, what might his senior year look like at Dowling?
Kori Williams did say that, with her son's recruitment over, he will be focusing solely on academics "and becoming bigger, faster and stronger" at Dowling. There's arguably no better place to do that, as the Maroons boast a track record of molding rock-solid athletes. Willie O'Hara, the Iowa Western linebacker who just committed to Iowa as a preferred walk-on, is a recent example.
But, more than anything, Dowling has become a juggernaut in this state because, year-in and year-out, it dominates in the trenches. Especially on the offensive line.
Six consecutive state titles is a number that doesn't lie.
For Williams, a 6-foot, 195-pound back who's a between-the-tackles runner, carrying the ball behind a commanding unit would certainly be appealing. Beyond competing for a state title, Williams has an opportunity to close his high school career on a high note and prove he's worth the four-star rating 247Sports gave him last March.
Truth is, the Iowa recruit's junior regular season was lackluster. He showed great flashes, but his 933 yards through Southeast Polk's first nine games weren't what you'd expect from a Power Five prospect rated so highly by the recruiting services.
A switch seemed to flip in the playoffs, when Williams ran with great force and logged 376 yards and three scores on 62 carries against Ankeny Centennial, Johnston and Cedar Falls — three of the state's top defenses.
Williams showcased his talent and potential during that postseason run. It's what Hawkeye fans are hoping they'll see at Kinnick Stadium.
And you'd better believe Williams is eager to show it again as a senior at Dowling.
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.