When you are 6-foot-eight and tip the scales at over 290 pounds, you are kind of hard to miss and yet, many college programs from across the country did miss on William Lawson, the mammoth Offensive Tackle from Althoff Catholic HS. Not Kansas State. Lawson is the latest player to give his verbal commitment to Head Coach Bill Snyder and his staff.
"Yes sir, I am still in Manhattan but I committed to Kansas State!" Lawson told KStateFans.
Taking his official visit to Manhattan this weekend, Lawson who has only played thirteen football games in his entire High School career says Coach Dickey and Head Coach Bill Snyder were big factors in his decision to come to KSU.
"At the beginning of the year (former HC) Coach Prince was recruiting me and it just fell off when he left. So about eight or nine weeks ago I gave Coach Dickey a call and told him I still was interested. After that things just started happening again and we set up a visit. Coach Snyder is a really great coach. He is really honest with you and he is big on family. he is big on family here and your family and just being a good person. that is going to make me a better person, having a coach like that around that you can talk to and that makes you better. He wants you to be happy. I mean the first time I met Coach Snyder, we talked and I just connected with him. There are not a lot of people that you can connect with the first time you ever meet them and we just talked about everything and usually that is not there. Coach Dickey too, he is a great coach and I know he is going to get the best out of me. They want the best for you. They want you to do your best , be happy, be a good person and work hard. That means a lot to me and makes me want to play for coaches like that," Lawson told KStateFans.
Hosted by current Wildcat Brandon Harold, Lawson said that his visit to Manhattan was one that he got to take a look behind the scenes and talk with the players on a more real basis.
"Brandon hosted me here and we just have been hanging out the past couple of days and talking. We have had some real talks about life and football and the pro's and con's of playing in the Big 12. We talked about how you have to go to class and you have to work hard here. If you want to do something great, you have to work hard and take care of those things."
Stepping off the plane and into the airport, William says that his first impression was that everyone was pulling for him and that the sense of community and family was evident immediately.
"As soon as I got here, people at the airport and everyone that I met, there were all pulling for you. They were friendly and you just know that all the people you meet, the teachers and the staff, they all want you to do good. And that means a lot. (His Commitment) With this, I have a chance to do things I couldn't do before. Play for one of the best coaches in Coach Dickey and Coach Snyder, get in the gym and get bigger, play on national television and work hard."
Speaking of work, Lawson says that he has something to prove:" Coach Dickey is going to turn me into a monster. I have something to prove. I have only played 13 games but that only pushes me. I just have a drive to get better. I want to show what I can do and a lot of people, you know they only think I have not played a lot. And that pushes me. Coach Dickey is going to get me in the gym and on the weights and turn me into a monster and I am going to work hard to show everyone. That just pushes me to play in the Big 12 and show people what I can do," said the star offensive tackle.
In terms of academics, Lawson has a little work to do on his test score buts says that he is taking the ACT in February and only needs two points to be fully qualified- something he says will not be a problem.
"Well I am two points off on my test to be qualified. I took it a long time ago, so I need to take again. I will take it in February and I just need two points."
Lawson, who holds offer from Ball State, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Iowa State says he is not taking any other trips and is very happy with his decision. Asked when he decided to make his commitment to Kansas State, the big left tackle said he knew immediately.
"Really as soon as I stepped off the plane I kind of knew. They offered me quite awhile ago and then Coach Snyder when I got here asked me if I was ready, If I wanted to be a Wildcat. I did not know for sure before when they offered but I had coach Dickey come down to where I was and I told him I was ready. That I wanted to be a Wildcat for sure. He was really happy. So now I'm done, I'm finished! I will finish out school and the year, get in the gym and play basketball this season and then I will get on the workout schedule they are going to give me, get in that gym."
Lawson, who at 6-foot-8, will play Center for the Crusaders basketball team, says he is looking to forward to playing for Head Coach Bill Snyder and the Wildcats.
"I am really excited with my decision and it means a lot to me. I am looking forward to getting there."
Williams will start his career for the Wildcats at the Left Tackle position and says he does not know what the K-State Coaching Staff has in store for him, whether he will red-shirt or play immediately.