Hoosiers Miss Out On Williams

Indiana recruiting target Keith Williams is headed to Nebraska, but the 6-6, 305-pound Missouri offensive lineman said it wasn't an easy decision to pick the Cornhuskers over the Hoosiers.

Indiana got some bad news on Tuesday when it found out that one of its top recruiting targets, Missouri offensive lineman Keith Williams, pledged to Nebraska.

The 6-6, 305-pound offensive tackle from McCluer North H.S. took official visits to Nebraska, Indiana and Minnesota, and wound up coming to his decision over the weekend.

"This weekend I took a hard look at it, me and my parents talked it over," said Williams. "They actually wanted me to go to Indiana, but I kind of took in everyone's input, and I finally decided I thought I could be the best as far as academics and football there."

Certainly the tradition of the Nebraska program figured prominently into Williams' decision.

"Academics are important of course, and then with football, it's Nebraska," said Williams. "It doesn't get any better than that to play against the best and with the best."

Despite the recruiting setback, Williams said that the Indiana staff did a solid job recruiting him, and made it a very difficult decision.

"Indiana did a great job recruiting me," said Williams. "That's what took me so long to make my decision. They offered just about everything Nebraska did, and it was a tough decision. A very, very tough decision. Indiana did a great job."

Williams admits that he's a bit relieved to have the decision behind him, so that he can return to focusing on his senior year in high school and to getting ready for his college debut next year.

"Some people think recruiting is really enjoyable, but to me the only thing that was enjoyable was the trips," said Williams. "Other than that, everything is stressful. It was tough and you have to have a strong mind."

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