Defensive Tackle- Willie Williams, who originally hails from Dearing Georgia, has three years to play three years and after a hotly contested recruiting battle the Cats signed the ultra talented tackle after committing to OSU earlier. One of the more interesting recruiting battles that came down to a signing day decision, Williams will be counted on immediately to provide depth along the defensive line and address a need the Wildcat Coaches wanted to address in this past class.
"Kansas State really shot me straight and told me they needed the help along the line. This past year was not up to you know what they usually have and are used to. When they were recruiting me they told me that I cold play and that it was pretty much open to come in and compete," Williams told KStateFans.
The Cats who suffered through a 4 and 7 season last year will look to rebound and re-load along both lines. Lacking depth at some key positions last year, the Cats went deep along the defensive side of the ball and addressed needs at both the DT and DE positions. Williams was selected as a preseason JUCO AA at DT last year has both good size at 6-4 and over 300 pounds as well as speed with a sub 5.0 forty and will look to challenge immediately for playing time.
"That is the goal. I want to go down and snatch some playing time. I speak to the coaches and it is the same thing they told me before when I was recruited- if I work hard it is open for me to come in and play. I mean I have to compete for it but it is there for me to go and get and that is really what I am looking to do. I knew I could come in and get some playing time and I have been working out on the program and just doing everything to get ready and go down," said Williams.
Looking to report to K-State in late July, Williams says he is looking forward to moving to Manhattan and starting his career as a Wildcat.
"I got some home boys down there already and we are going to hook it up and get a place to live. Really, to tell you the truth, I have been just working and working out and getting myself ready to come down. To tell you the truth, I am looking forward to getting down there and just taking it from there you know. I mean I am excited to start and just get things rolling, get down there and competing. That is why I signed and what I was brought in to do you know," said Williams.
Williams says he has been working out and following the "head-start" program this summer and that Coach Snyder has put an emphasis on reporting to Manhattan in shape and ready to get to work.
"After last season, you know a lot of positions are open and up for grabs. The spots are there and if you come in ready to play and compete for it. If you can come in and play you play. It is all up to how bad you want it and if you can take it- it is there for you. If not you won't play. The coaches have been telling me that they were not happy with how everything went last year and that they want players who are ready to get to work and that is what I am coming down to do," said Williams.