Around this time last year, the former Ellender High School standout didn’t have any division one offers. Well, that changed shortly after his freshman year at Kilgore Junior College in Texas. Williams totaled up over 20 offers his two years at Kilgore from schools like Florida Atlantic, Arkansas St, North Texas, UNC Charlotte & many more.
Williams dominated in his sophomore year finishing up with 48 tackles, 7 sacks, 10 tackles for loss & a blocked field goal. He was named MVP for Southwest Junior College Football Conference this past season & also earned himself first team all-
The 6-foot-1, 305-pound defensive lineman has two years of eligibility left & is expected to come in & start right away for the Cougars. Being able to come in & start was not the only factor into why Williams chose to commit to Houston. “The things they do on defense really fits what I do well,” Williams said. “The relationship my defensive line coach has with coach Holgorsen played a big role because it made me feel comfortable about everything. I loved the culture that they have up there & I got to see it first hand when I went on my official visit.”
Williams also had Texas Tech & Purdue come on & try to sway him away from Houston before he committed. “Florida Atlantic, Purdue, & Texas Tech hopped on me late but my mind was pretty much made up,” Williams said. “Houston did a good job of staying in contact with me everyday & I got to really know the coaching staff.”
In high school Williams was an all-district performer, but he didn’t get recognition from schools like he felt he should have. Going to various camps & having really good showings still wasn’t enough for schools to want to offer him. “I think it was because of my height that a lot of schools didn’t recruit me like that,” Williams said. “Going Juco is not for everybody,” he said. “Everything happens for a reason & going this route made me mentally tough because everybody is hungry for a scholarship. You have to really be dialed in on the details to play at a high level consistently. I didn’t worry about going out & partying, I was focused on trying to make it out because there are so many that don’t.”
Like so many other athletes, Williams learned a lot throughout his recruiting process that he will be able to pass down to the younger kids coming up through high school. “Recruiting can get crazy if you don’t have someone to guide you throughout the process,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t going to pick a school because of how big it is or how much fun I have on my official visit. I wanted to pick a school because of my relationships with the coaches & how I fit into what they do on defense. I wasn’t afraid to ask questions because I wanted to make sure this was somewhere I was going to be comfortable waking up at everyday.”
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