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Kyle Williams (former LB Iowa Hawkeyes, transfer to Purdue)

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Mothra, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. Mothra

    Mothra The Man In The Box '14 Bowl Upsets Champ

    Hawkeyes lose top freshman
    Williams will play at Milford Academy






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    By Andy Hamilton
    Iowa City Press-Citizen
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    He began the week as a highly touted freshman trying to live up to his reputation and make an impression on the Iowa football coaches.

    Now Kyle Williams is leaving the Hawkeyes, not by his choice, but as another NCAA Clearinghouse victim.

    Williams, the posterboy of Iowa's 2004 recruiting class, is on his way to prep school at Milford Academy. The freshman is scheduled to arrive at the school in New Berlin, N.Y., on Saturday, according to Milford coach Bill Chaplick.

    "I guess he had a Clearinghouse problem and he can't go there until he clears it up, and that's why he's coming here," Chaplick said Thursday.

    Williams plans to rejoin the Hawkeyes in January, according to Chaplick.

    Most recruiting analysts rated the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Bolingbrook, Ill., as the top player in Iowa's 20-man recruiting class. He was ranked the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation by rivals.com last year.

    "We are hopeful that things work out well for Kyle and we can welcome him back into our program in the near future," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

    A phone message left with Williams on Thursday was not returned. He said last week at Iowa's media day that he was looking forward to beginning his career with the Hawkeyes.

    "I just want to contribute to this team in any way that I can," said Williams, who practiced with the Hawkeyes on Sunday.

    Shonn Greene, who also signed with Iowa in February, is already at Milford after failing to qualify academically.

    "As far as I know, they're going back (to Iowa)," Chaplick said. "If everything goes right academically, they'll be there in January."

    Since Milford is a prep school, the eligibility clock won't tick on Williams and Greene while they attend the school.

    "Most every kid who comes here has an academic problem," Chaplick said.

    The Hawkeyes have a history with Milford. They plucked running back Fred Russell from the school in December of 1999 after he originally signed with Michigan.

    Greene, a running back from Sicklerville, N.J., has been at Milford since Aug. 8.

    "He's a great one," Chaplick said. "I've had some great running backs here and he's right up there."

    http://www.hawkcentral.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040820/HAWKS0104/408200319/1058


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  2. Buckeyejeff

    Buckeyejeff Newbie

    Hate to see it happen to the kid and I hop he turns it around. With that being said, nice to see it happen to someone other than OSU. It really helps to put the Miles Williams situation into perspective a little better. I for one appeciate that OSU is beginning to toughen there standards and take fewer boarderline students. These types of situations are a real let down for the player and their families, their teammates and the fans in general.
     
  3. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    Looks like Milford will be loaded again this year. :p
     
  4. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now Staff Member

    Who remembers this kid?

    Ex-Purdue football player gets 37 years in attacks

     
  5. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    Couple of threads including his name on Scout ... Not the first time he had wigged out, and had never had a clean shot into college - went Prep route for a year.
    Purdue after Iowa ...
    The threads
    One

    Two

    Another talent that did not maximize his opportunities.
     
  6. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Wonder how Bonecrusher will hold up in the pen?
     
  7. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

    Journal&Courier
    His checkered past seen below:
     
  8. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Kyle Williams went from five-star recruit to prison after brutal assaults. He says he's a changed man
    Mark Emmert, Hawk CentralPublished 5:53 p.m. ET Aug. 17, 2019 | Updated 6:44 p.m. ET Aug. 17, 2019


    The preseason Amway Coaches Poll is out. USA TODAY's Paul Myerberg breaks down the biggest college football story lines from the top 25. USA TODAY


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    PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. — Kyle Williams, the highest-ranked Iowa recruit of the Kirk Ferentz era, keeps himself in shape by doing squats.

    The weight he uses? A 275-pound guy he knows in prison.

    Williams is one of the 2,087 inmates at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center in this rural southern Illinois town. For 13 months, this is where Williams has lived after spending a decade locked up in northern Indiana.

    It's far from the life that was imagined for Williams when he was among the biggest high school football stars in America 16 years ago. If he’d followed that path, he could be entering his second decade as an NFL linebacker. To this day, you'll find college coaches who remain blown away by his natural gifts and the violence with which he played.

    Instead, he sits in a barren meeting room in the correctional center, recounting the mistakes that led him here. There was hubris and booze, marijuana, mendacity and, ultimately, malice. And with it ... so much wasted athletic ability.

    Even 13 years later, there remains one topic that Williams won’t discuss. And it’s the reason he’s to be in prison another four years. What caused his stretch of vicious assaults in the winter of 2006, when Williams scarred three victims and their families? He was convicted on five felony counts in two states, for attempted rape, criminal confinement and battery.

    the nation's No. 22 recruit, according to the 247Sports' composite — higher than any Hawkeye since 2000.

    Williams wrote back soon after he received the request: “As much as I hold the (Iowa football) program in high regard, I equally rue the day I left it. In retrospect, I have come to realize that Iowa was the university best-suited for what I needed at that time in my life.”

    Williams arrives for his interview in a light blue jumpsuit, his ID badge as prisoner No. M02948 dangling from his shirt pocket, and he takes a seat on the kind of plastic chair you might find in an elementary school lunchroom. At age 33 — 14 years removed from competitive sports — he retains the physique of an elite athlete. He’s a fanatic about fitness. He even believes that he still has a shot at the NFL once he’s served his time. His current projected parole date is March 28, 2023, when he’d be 36.

    “Prison, it’s been tough in a lot of respects. But in a lot of respects, it’s been a blessing,” Williams says. “I don’t think about what I’ve lost as much as you would think. I’m not bitter at all. Because I’m hopeful about what lies ahead.”

    'A very outgoing and daring person'
    Williams is the youngest of three children born to Steve and Nyoka Williams in Chicago. When he was 6, the family migrated west to suburban Bolingbrook in search of a safer neighborhood and better schooling.

    Nyoka Williams recalls Kyle’s childhood as a combination of maturity and impetuosity. She remembers him drinking coffee and reading the newspaper at age 9, looking like the old men she would see in her work at a senior center. But Kyle also was the first to sprint toward the roller coasters on family vacations, in search of a thrill.

    “He was a very outgoing and daring person,” Nyoka Williams says.

    His athletic talents were evident from the outset. He was a naturally aggressive football player who seemed to relish the sport's physicality. At age 9, Kyle took up wrestling; two years later, he was a state champion.

    Those were the same sports in which older brother Steven Jr. starred. Steven Williams went on to be an all-state defensive lineman good enough to play 11 games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. But Steven says there was no doubt that his younger brother was the superior athlete.

    By his sophomore season at Bolingbrook, a football powerhouse, Kyle was a starting outside linebacker and easily the best player on the team. Scouts took notice.

    “After a game in his sophomore season, I stopped Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow and told him: ‘Coach, this kid will be big-time,’” Rivals recruiting analyst Tim O’Halloran wrote at the time. “He asked me: ‘How big?’ I said he could easily be one of the top recruits I’ve ever seen.

    "And that was as a sophomore.”

    Williams quickly racked up 20 scholarship offers from major Division I programs. Iowa, with assistant coach Lester Erb leading the charge, was the second school in on him and became the early front-runner.

    Hard-hitting LB gets national acclaim
    Williams says it was Ivlow who gave him the nickname “Bonecrusher” at the tail end of his sophomore year. Ivlow doesn’t remember it that way. But he does vividly recall a punishing tackle Williams made on a punt return that year.

    “On the actual video from the press box, you can hear me yelling, ‘Oh my God! I think that kid’s dead!’ Because I thought he was. He wasn’t moving,” Ivlow says. “It was a legal hit … but he just hit him on the dead run. Man. I was shocked.

    “Kid got up, though.”

    Kyle says he had a simple credo when it came to football: “Either you’re going to feel my aggression, or I’m going to feel yours. I want you to feel mine.”

    He combined that mindset with rare speed for someone his size (he was 6-foot-2, 220 pounds as a senior). Williams was timed running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash as a high schooler — a rare speed for even the best NFL linebackers.

    Williams says he wasn’t really aware of how much fanfare he was getting until he went to a bookstore one morning with his mother and browsed the sports section. He opened a magazine devoted to high school football and turned to the pages touting the top juniors. His name was among them.

    “That’s when my goal became not just to be the best at my school, but the best in the state, possibly the best in the nation,” he says.

    Playing by his own rules
    All of the attention and athletic success went to Williams’ head. He felt like he could get away with anything, he says, joking that he did his homework “about half the time.”

    “I felt like I was invincible,” he says.

    So much so that he would regularly smoke and drink even on nights before football games. Williams says he started smoking tobacco at age 13. He preferred Black & Mild cigars. At 15, he became a habitual marijuana user. He smoked every day he could until his last arrest in February 2006.

    “That kind of reinforced my cockiness and my attitude,” Williams says. “Because I felt like, man, I just smoked two Black & Milds and two blunts, and I came out Saturday morning and rushed for 200 yards and was the best kid on the field.”

    Williams hid that side of himself from the football recruiters. Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon, UCLA, Purdue and Miami were after him.

    “Everybody and their brother was coming into Chicago to recruit one of the very best linebackers in the country,” says Mark Hagen, who was the Purdue assistant coach working that city at the time. Hagen says he got the feeling early on that Williams was planning on choosing Iowa. And Williams did, in October 2003. Oregon and Purdue were his other finalists.

    Erb had deep connections in the Chicago prep scene, and those paid off. Williams says they formed an instant connection. Erb, now on the staff at Rutgers, declined to be interviewed for this story.

    Williams says he was impressed by the Hawkeyes’ upward trajectory under Ferentz, who was not made available for this story. Iowa finished 11-2 in 2002 and was in the midst of a 10-3 campaign when Williams committed.

    There was one other factor. “I always liked the uniforms. It reminded me of the (Pittsburgh) Steelers,” Williams says.

    Williams visited campus often during his senior year. Everything seemed to be falling into place. Except Williams scored only a 17 on his ACT test, one point shy of the mark needed to play college football. He arrived in Iowa City in June 2004, was assigned No. 57 and given one clear instruction: Spend the next two months studying to get a passing test result in August.

    “That’s a pretty reasonable plan,” Williams acknowledges. “At the time, I had no desire to study. It was so foolish. I was still smoking and drinking and partying.”

    When Williams took the exam again, he was happy to see that the man next to him had received the same copy. Williams cheated. His neighbor was smart enough to score a 25. But the NCAA Clearinghouse flagged Williams’ result, since an eight-point increase was irregular. Williams retook the test without the ability to crib answers — a 17 again.

    Williams left the Iowa campus for the final time 15 years ago. He said then he was coming back that next January. He says now that was never his plan.

    The Hawkeyes advised Williams to go to Milford Academy in New Berlin, New York, for the semester. They wanted him to get a passing ACT grade and then return after the holidays. Williams made the drive to New York with his parents. He took one look at the sleepy town and decided he was not staying. He says his dad yelled at him all the way back to Illinois.

    “I wanted to come back home, hang out with my girlfriend, work out and smoke weed,” Williams says. “I wish I would have been at Iowa for four years. That’s what I should have done. They were very patient with me. To this day, I acknowledge that the fault was in me.”

    An ill-fated season away
    Williams scored a 19 on his ACT in September 2004. In mid-October, Hawkeye fans were stunned to read that their star freshman had signed to play at Purdue.

    He told reporters that he liked the team’s defensive scheme and the number of linebackers who had left and played in the NFL. Williams arrived at Purdue in January 2005, not knowing whether he’d be granted eligibility to play that fall. Hagen, who was coaching Purdue’s defensive line that season, says the team was thrilled when he reached out to them. He was the first five-star recruit in that program's history.

    “He went through spring practice with us and showed a lot of great physical tools and the mindset to be a great player, certainly in the Big Ten (Conference),” says Hagen, now an assistant coach at Indiana.

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    Kyle Williams (34) transferred to Purdue after failing to qualify at Iowa as a five-star recruit. He lasted only one season there ... and his life took a dark turn while in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo: USA TODAY Network)

    Williams got his eligibility. The Boilermakers returned three starting linebackers, but it wasn’t long before he supplanted one of them. He had 10 tackles as a reserve in a Week 3 loss at Minnesota and got the starting job the next week, against Notre Dame.

    Williams had six tackles against Notre Dame and three more the next week, when the opponent was Iowa. But his performance waned as the season went on. He started skipping classes. He suffered a second concussion in a Week 7 loss against Wisconsin and played only one more college game, the next week against Penn State. He had one tackle. The Boilermakers were in the middle of a six-game losing streak.

    “I kind of lost my will to play, which was crazy,” Williams says. “I was not happy at Purdue. I was smoking and drinking like I was in high school. When I got to college, it was hard for me to keep up with the demands of a student-athlete and basically live this duplicitous life off the field. So that was getting to me. I just kind of lost structure and drive. I was not in a good place. It wasn’t Purdue. It was me.”

    Williams secretly let the coaches at Oregon know he was interested in a transfer at season’s end. He says they were willing to listen.

    In the meantime, Purdue coach Joe Tiller pulled Williams’ scholarship. In addition to missing classes, he had failed a drug test. He says he had some complications from his second concussion. It was clear Williams was on a downward spiral, Hagen says.

    A chilling crime spree.......


    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/08/17/college-football-iowa-recruit-kyle-williams-assaults-women-prison/2040994001/?csp=chromepush
     
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  9. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    I just dropped off my daughter at college for her freshman year yesterday. This fucking guy attached random females and injured them for no fucking reason. Some people just don't handle the mix of fame and violence that football players get very well.
     

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