Sun Devils land versatile Louisiana RB

For a couple of months now, Darrell Williams knew deep down that Arizona State topped his list of favorites. He could have probably committed weeks ago, but the fact that he didn't visit Tempe yet held him back. Nonetheless, the continuous and strong vibes he received from the Sun Devils and his desire to pledge before the season began led him to becoming the 14th member of ASU's 2014 class.

"When he was talking to Coach Norvell he knew that he was the No. 1 running back on their board," John Ehret assistant coach Shawn Galmore said of his running back. "Other schools weren't saying that to him. Darrell always felt that out of the 30-40 coaches that were recruiting him Coach Norvell was always keeping it the most on the straight and narrow. He (Norvell) was always doing his due diligence recruiting Darrell and always told him the truth.

"Darrell always said that he wanted to commit before the season started so he can focus on his senior year and today he came into my office after he talked to his parents and said that he wanted to commit. He always knew that he was their (ASU's) guy."

The 6-0 218-pound Darrell Williams had offers from schools such as Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Vanderbilt. Galmore stated that the running back's well-rounded game was very attractive to Arizona State, who offered Williams a scholarship in the spring after attending his practice.

"Darrell is the total package," Galmore said. "He's the best wide receiver on our team. Does a great job running routes and catching the ball. He's a very physical player too. He still needs to do a better job pass blocking, but no high school player is ready to block like they need to do at the college level. He's a very smart and knowledgeable player, he's fast (runs a reported 40-time of 4.53 seconds). He benches 350 lbs. and squats 560 lbs. so he's very physical.

"With other schools he was never their top guy like with Arizona State. Even if a school would offer him they would never show as much love as Arizona State did. They (ASU) having players on the team from Louisiana was a big factor. They were calling him up and telling him about the school."

While Williams and the ASU coaching staff kept in close contact, those interactions were never in person since the running back never visited Tempe, ironically much like his 2014 recruiting class teammate and fellow Louisianan, offensive lineman Alex Anderson. However, Williams already had a strong sense of comfort with the school of his choice.

"Not visiting was the one thing that kept him from committing earlier," Galmore noted. "But after talking to all those Louisiana kids on the team he figured that Arizona State was going to be a good place for him. Darrell is also very business-like and he was really looking at the scheme to make sure that it did fit his skills.

"I told him that I had been there (Tempe) before and I know you will like it. He already saw some stuff about the school on the Internet and when he gets there he'll get to see everything."


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