This weekend was the “Twin Cities Takeover,” during which Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck and co. hosted nearly the entire current recruiting class of verbal commits, along with a handful of undecided visitors. Two of the latter took the opportunity to declare their intent to sign with Minnesota, the first being JUCO cornerback Damarion Williams.
The Highland Community College cornerback will enroll at Minnesota in the spring and have two years of eligibility left to see the field for the Gophers.
Get to know Damarion Williams
Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Washington State
247 Sports Composite Rating: .8400
Williams is a bit of unknown. His two Power 5 scholarship offers — from Minnesota and Washington State — came back in October. But his recruitment never seemed to take off after that, drawing interest from Boise State and a host of lower-tier programs. It’s not difficult to see why Fleck and co. covet his services, though. Williams is undersized for a cornerback but is an explosive athlete with great ball skills. He tied with two other players for the most interceptions this season in the NJCAA. If you’re looking for a good comparison, think former Gophers cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. He’ll have an opportunity compete for immediate playing time alongside cornerbacks Terell Smith, Kiondre Thomas, and Chris Williamson.