"It was just the best decision for me," he said of the choice to confirm WVU as his college destination. "I felt happy and comfortable when I was there before, and I think it's a place where I can get better as an athlete and a student. When I played in the the 7-on-7 tournament there, I noticed I had a lot of eyes on me. It was good to play in the stadium where I would be playing, and I just wanted to perform great and impress the coaches. The first time I went down I couldn't participate in camp because I had an injury, so the 7-on-7 was my chance to show my ability. I made some plays and caught some attention."
The new "Baltimore connection" also played a part in Williams' decision.
"I knew Terence Garvin because he went to a school that we play, and I knew about Tavon Austin, too, because the whole area knows about him. That definitely helped me with my decision. And then Da'Quan Davis and I have known each other since middle school, It seems like we just can't get away from each other. We have been good friends for a long time. We talked about playing together in college and joked about it some, but I never really expected it to come true."
With all of those factors prodding him to WVU, he probably didn't need any more reasons to make his decision, but there was even more propelling the Baltimore standout toward the state's flagship institution.
"West Virginia is close to home, the talent there, and I just got a different vibe there," he said of his trips to campus. It's a football town, and it's the only game in town; the only game in the state. I loved the atmosphere and the people there, and the coaches are good people too."
Williams said he would consider taking other visits this fall, but for right now his focus is on his upcoming senior season.
"Our plan is to go undefeated, but you have to get that first one – play them just one game at a time," he said, echoing the outlook of coaches everywhere. "We just have to compete hard – practice, work hard and compete. We want to be state champs and be number one in the state again. There's not really pressure to do that, but we know we have a bulls-eye on our chest. We have to be conscious of how we play."
Williams hasn't decided on a potential major in college, but is interested in the sports management field. He noted that he "has always been on top of" his grades, and believes that he should have no trouble qualifying.