"My decision to commit [to Kansas State] was because of my relationships with the coaches," stated Isaiah Williams. "I built an unbelievable connection with Coach Smitty (Michael Smith) and Coach Cox. I started talking with Coach Smitty back in my sophomore year when they said they were going to offer me. Unlike some colleges, they came through with the offer and stuck with me. I started talking with Coach Cox this spring. To be able to play for those two guys and Bill Snyder is a wonderful opportunity for me."
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound middle linebacker from Dallas has not been able to make a trip to Manhattan, Kan. yet so the commitment speaks to the strong bond the two assistant coaches were able to build with Williams.
"Coach Smitty and Coach Coach have both come down to see me," he said. "I haven't been [to campus] yet, but I'm thinking about taking an unofficial visit for the second game when they play Miami (Florida)."
Williams offer list had Colorado, New Mexico, and SMU (his first). Williams said he sat down with his family and weighed his options before he placed a called to Michael Smith last Saturday afternoon.
"Things were neck and neck with SMU," Williams said on making his decision. "Both programs have a lot of to offer, but in the end Kansas State had more firepower. I called Coach Smitty to let him know before he went out for practice and he seemed very excited to get the news."
Last season at Skyline, Williams played defensive end and recorded 43 tackles and eight sacks. He moved over to middle linebacker in the spring for the Raiders 4-3 defense, where he'll play as a senior.
"When Coach Cox was here during spring practice," said Williams, "he said he was impressed with how fast I was for someone my size, how strong I am, and that I was doing really good with my reading my keys.
"I'm hoping to have a big senior year by making All-State, All-District, and defensive player of the year. We got a great team coming back and our goal is to win a state championship together."
Williams' decision to attend Kansas State will reunite him with former Skyline players, Marquel Bryant and Mike Moore. The Raiders begin their 2012 season September 1st in a game against Houston area powerhouse, The Woodlands. Skyline was a 5A Division 1 semifinalist in 2011.