Williams Discusses Road To Being A Spartan

Tuesday's decision by Delton Williams to pledge to Michigan State didn't happen overnight. SpartanDigest.com spoke with Williams about his pledge and the process leading up to becoming a Spartan.

Over the past year there have been several things leading Erie (PA) Cathedral Preparatory School athlete Delton Williams to his decision of becoming a member of the Michigan State Spartans.

Tuesday, all hurdles had been cleared and the 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete officially issued his oral pledge to Mark Dantonio.

How does it feel to put the process behind him?

"It feels good," said Williams. "It' just a big relief and it seems like everything came together all at once. Now I can concentrate on football and keeping my grades up."

Talk surrounding Williams placed him on his last visit to Michigan State in a special meeting with Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio. Williams stresses the talk was not that intense.

"It wasn't really a sit down talk," explained Williams. "I saw him after the game and he asked me to stick around. We then talked off to the side as there were other recruits there. It was more of a talk to make sure we were on the same page. We both agreed on some things and he told me he was going to talk with me that next week."

What happened on that call put the wheels in motion for Williams to be a Spartan. However, it was not a quick acceptance by the Spartans.

"When he (Coach Dantonio) called I told him I wanted to be a Spartan if they wanted me," said Williams. "He said we would talk again after he spoke with the other coaches. They went back and watched my film and discussed if they wanted me or not.

So after that they decided they wanted me at Michigan State and when we spoke again he said welcome to the family and told me to stay out of trouble and get ready to be a Spartan."

How hard was it for Williams as he waited on the Spartans call?

"I was waiting for that call," said Williams. "Michigan State is an exciting place to be and every time I go there I feel comfortable. I've been down there with a father figure, I've been down there with a best friend and with a couple of friends and it's always been a big atmosphere. I've seen how it is and I can see myself there all the way."

Another positive for Williams was the fact current teammate Damion Terry also plans on being a Spartan having given his pledge back in April.

"Having Damion there means I'll have someone over my shoulder that can help me," said Williams. "He'll have the same. It feels good knowing I'll have someone else going there I know and we can carpool back home to make it easier for each other."

With talk of Williams moving from safety to linebacker, he explains his options are open right now.

"I'm coming in as an athlete," said Williams. "They are bringing me in on defense but if I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing they'll switch me back and forth and I'm ready for whatever they want. Linebacker, safety, running back or special teams, I'll be ready for anything."

Williams hope now to place all of his energy towards finishing out his senior year strong.

"We're 6-0 in football and my grades are where they need to be," said Williams. "I'm staying on top of everything and plan to keep doing what I need to be doing and be around the right people."

While his mother was sold on the Spartans early, Williams saw the things he needed during his visits to campus to place the Spartans at the top.

"I really like how the players are close to each other," said Williams. "I also see how the coaches work on the sidelines and like how they recruit people instead of just football players."

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