Wolves’ Williamson signs with UofL

January 4, 2019

SPRING VALLEY — When the University of Louisville football program changed its head coach last month, Cardinals prize commit Zach Williamson knew he had to investigate whether he still wanted to play there.

“I met the new coaches and it made me like it even stronger,” said Williamson, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive tackle from Spring Valley High School.

Williamson signed a national letter of intent Thursday afternoon in the Spring Valley auditorium. He said he is as comfortable with new Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield, offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford and the rest of the staff as he was with former coach Bobby Petrino and his assistants.

“I’m excited to get up there and do some work,” Williamson said.

Other schools tried to pry Williamson from his commitment. The University of Kentucky was the most recent to make a scholarship offer, but Williamson held firm.

The standout blocker helped the Timberwolves to the Class AAA state championship game each of the last three seasons and drew considerable college attention on an offensive front that featured several major college prospects, including Doug Nester, Luke Jarrells and Wyatt Milum. Williamson narrowed his options to Louisville, Penn State, Kentucky and West Virginia before settling on Louisville, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He also received offers from Marshall, Cincinnati, Duke, Indiana, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt, among others.

An all-state and The Herald-Dispatch All Tri-State first team selection, Williamson said he plans to major in engineering.

“Zach’s a really good player,” Timberwolves coach Brad Dingess said. “He’s smart and he’s a good kid. God certainly has given him some gifts.”

The recruiting site 247 sports.com ranked Williamson as the fifth-best player in West Virginia this year, as well as the No. 94 offensive tackle in the country and the 997th-best player overall. The service rates Williamson as a three-star recruit on a fivestar scale. Rivals.com, another national recruiting service, rated Williamson the No. 4 player in West Virginia and the 87th-best offensive tackle in the nation.

Williamson said selecting Louisville was about more than football.

“I went up there and liked the city,” Williamson said. “I liked the facilities and things like that. I met the players and really liked the way they were doing things. When I went up there, it stood out from all the other schools. The engineering building I really liked. It’s a great football program and it’s close to home.”

Louisville struggled to a 2-10 record this year, but before that had gone to eight consecutive bowls, was ranked as high as third in the country and had gone 71-34 since 2010.

“I think we’ll get back to where we want to be,” Williamson said.

An outstanding student who enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with friends, Williamson said his grandfather Brad “Tadpole” Morrison, Spring Valley offensive line coach Brent Terry and Nester all have significantly influenced him.

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