The Skyline High School product, who ranks third all-time at UW with 162 receptions, has reportedly signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bengals.

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After a frustrating ending to his UW career, Kasen Williams just wanted a shot in the NFL.

Now, he’s got it.

Williams, who after a sensational career at Skyline High School became the state’s first-ever Parade All-America National Player of the Year, said he has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent.

Williams, 6-feet-3, 217 pounds, suffered a major blow midway through his junior season at UW in 2013 when he broke his left fibula and had Lisfranc fracture in his left foot. As a senior, he had a career-low 20 catches while working his way back from the injuries, though he still finished third on the UW’s all-time list with 162 receptions.

“When you get to the NFL,” Williams said last month, “it’s not about how you got there, it’s not about what draft pick you were — it’s about what you do when you get there. That’s exactly what I’m counting on. I don’t care about where I go or where I get drafted.

“I just know I’ve learned a lot, and I’m a much better person now. I went through a little adversity, and I’m still that player that I know I can be.

“All I need is a chance,” he added. “I believe the best is yet to come.”