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Ryan Williams to Eastern Michigan

Over the past two weeks, one of the hottest names in recruiting circles has been Miramar quarterback Ryan Williams.

The 6-5, 220-pound standout, who spent one season at the school after coming in from Plantation American Heritage, had been the talk of those who were trying to alert colleges from Miami to Minnesota that there was a strong-arm prospect who was being overlooked.

After his record-setting 18 of 21 performance in the 6A state title game, where the Patriots defeated DeLand, 42-20, to win the school's first ever state title, the spotlight was truly on Williams. It was thought that after his impressive showing, where he tossed 5 touchdown passes, Williams would be elevated to the elite across the country.

While there were a few schools that showed interest, the one that caught Williams' attention was Eastern Michigan. The Eagles, among other schools were in attendance for the game and were impressed at what they saw.

"I made my decision and will be leaving in early January for Eastern Michigan," said Williams. "I just have to take a few more tests and then I will be headed to college and will take part this spring."

The decision to attend Eastern Michigan, an improving Mid-America Conference team, came after Ohio University and FIU also showed interest in Williams.

Most who have followed his progress this year, believe Williams will turn out to be a real "steal" for Eastern Michigan. His improvement, maturity and leadership has given him an edge.

"I cannot say enough about what Ryan meant to this program this year," head coach Damon Cogdell pointed out. "Eastern Michigan is getting a player who has really made major strides the past year."

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