|Kevin Williams (5-10,173, 4.39)|
And he likely wasn't the only one.
It was easily one of the most anticipated calls that Idaho head coach Robb Akey and staff had been waiting for this recruiting season. "He reacted crazy," Williams said of how Akey took the news over the phone today. "Like they really enjoyed that. He called all the coaches, and they all called me."
And for good reason. Williams had offers from numerous teams across the country this year, with Hawaii, Memphis and Idaho giving the biggest pursuit in the last few weeks for the versatile athlete with the speed and skills to make an impact in any phase of the game.
In the last week, the decision was coming down to Idaho and Hawaii. So what tilted the tables in favor of Idaho at this stage of the process? "I liked the atmosphere," he told Scout.com. "It's a college town. The professors, and the students - everyone is into the football team, and into the players and stuff like that. I really liked the environment."
|Williams is coming in as a cornerback, first and foremost. But he will get his shot on offense and as the featured player on all special teams units.|
So the coaches can now breath a heavy sigh of relief. The defensive backfield was a heavy emphasis this recruiting cycle, with Idaho recruiting for the future and for immediate impact players. On the immediate impact side, Williams was a huge piece of the pie.
Williams had played against current Vandal free safety Virdell Larkins, another highly rated junior college recruit who joined the Vandal program out of Laney College last year. Larkins, one of the more highly rated defensive back prospects in the country coming out of high school who spent a year at California, came in and immediately became a starter at Idaho.
He'll be joining the Vandals this summer, as soon as he wraps up his coursework at Los Medanos College this spring.
In a previous interview, the future business major said academics was a key component in his decision. This weekend he got a chance to spend some serious time at Idaho's premier College of Business and Economics, and tour the new J.A. Albertson Building.
And what does the well-traveled recruit have to say about whether any more trips are coming up? "No more trips planned. I'm not gonna take any more trips."