Oklahoma State has stayed on 2018 safety Kanion Williams for a while now, and that recruiting attention paid off Friday afternoon, when the 6-foot-2, 177-pound Dallas South Oak Cliff standout committed to the Cowboys.
"The main reason I committed was I was searching for a school that could fit my athletic ability," Williams told Scout, "and I was looking at Oklahoma State game film and I kept thinking, 'They're physical, their safeties are fast, and their defensive line is good.' It just clicked for me."
Williams picked Oklahoma State over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Houston, Missouri, Arkansas State, Tulane, ULM, Utah State, Illinois State, and Jackson State.
Williams said he's built a relationship with cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie and safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt.
"They see on game film that I'm a chasedown defender. They like my speed, they like that I'm physical and I'm not afraid of contact," Williams said. "They just like me overall.
"We've been communicating a lot. I went to their spring game and me and coach Duffie and coach Hammer, we've been building our relationship since."
The trip to Stillwater for the spring game made a strong impression on Williams, he said.
"It really stood out to me. The practice facilities, especially the weight room," Williams said. "I gotta attack the weight room. I just saw myself being a Cowboy."
Williams shows great closing speed when running the alleys and crashing downhill against the run. He plays with awareness at the back end of the defense and takes good angles in the passing game. He also possesses a frame that should bulk well in college as he's right around 6-foot-2 and fairly long-armed.
"I'm very physical and that's one thing every team needs is a physical player," Williams said. "They need that one guy that makes their whole defense get that grudge.
"I'm working on my speed, covering, reading the offense, just studying film. Just becoming a great film-watcher on all the teams and competition we have, as well as myself."
Williams' next trip to Stillwater will come in a few weeks as he camps June 6 with the Cowboys.
As a junior this past fall, Williams recorded 62 tackles, three tackles for loss, and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown. He also scored on a blocked punt return.