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Wolves OL Williamson commits to UofL

July 25, 2018 GMT

SPRING VALLEY — Cardinal Stadium is a 61,000-seat beauty of a football stadium, but that’s not the structure that persuaded Spring Valley High School football player Zach Williamson to commit to the University of Louisville.

The building housing the J.B. Speed School of Engineering clinched Williamson’s decision to select Louisville after narrowing the field to the Cardinals, Duke, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound senior offensive tackle was also offered scholarships by Indiana, Marshall, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

“When I went up there, it stood out from all the other schools,” Williamson said. “The engineering building, I really liked how it was laid out. It’s a great football program and it’s close to home.”

Williamson said informing coaches from the other schools that recruited him was difficult, but he is at peace with his decision. He is also happy to have had so many opportunities. Williamson suffered a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg last season in a regular-season game with Cabell Midland.

“We were at the goal line and someone went at my leg and another guy hit me high and I twisted,” Williamson said, recounting how his leg was broken. “I’ve had a lot of downtime, but now I feel really good. I was a little worried at first, but schools kept offering me and I was relieved.”

Williamson, who will play offensive tackle at Louisville, said he will be ready to go when

the Timberwolves open the season Aug. 24 at home vs. Wayne. He will team with Ohio State commitment Doug Nester on an offensive line that hopes to lead Spring Valley to its third consecutive Class AAA state championship game.

Timberwolves coach Brad Dingess said Louisville is getting an excellent player and even better person.

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

The recruiting site 247sports.com ranks Williamson as the fifth-best player in West Virginia this season, 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 five-star scale.

Williamson said he thanks God for giving him the opportunity to play football. He also praised his grandfather Brad Morrison, as well as Dingess and Spring Valley offensive line coach Brent Terry.