Peyton Williams, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver from perennial powerhouse Southlake Carroll High School, called Colorado wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy on Wednesday evening and told him he was committing. He followed that up with a call to head coach Jon Embree.
"They were pretty happy," Williams said.
"There were a couple others, but, I mean, Colorado was clearly, far and away the best," Williams said when asked which other schools were in contention in addition to the Buffs.
Colorado has received five verbal commitments already in July and three this week. The program is well on its way to a banner year in recruiting in Texas. Only four times since 1973 when the program began tracking recruiting information, has it signed more than five players from Texas.
Williams said he doesn't know any of the other Texas recruits who will be his future teammates, but he plans to make an effort to get to know them to whatever extent he can before they all arrive in Boulder together next summer.
Williams said the possibility of early playing time, his relationship with wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy and the university in general were the biggest factors in his decision. He has never been to Boulder before but has scheduled an unofficial visit for Aug. 3. He said he has been to the state of Colorado before for skiing trips.
Williams said he first began talking with Kennedy when the veteran receivers coach was still coaching the Texas Longhorns last year. The relationship continued when Kennedy came home to Boulder, the town in which he grew up.
"I don't know, I guess coach Kennedy is just a great recruiter," Williams said when asked for his thoughts on why CU is suddenly having so much success recruiting in Texas.
Williams caught 56 passes for 683 yards and six touchdowns as a junior last season.
Williams said announcing his decision and putting recruiting behind him is "like having the weight of the world off your shoulders."
"It kind of just felt right and it was just kind of the right timing," Williams said. "Everything I have researched and I've talked to some people and it just felt right."