4-star RB Anthony Williams starts 6-commit day for KU Football

A historic day in Kansas football recruiting history began with a pledge from 4-star running back Anthony Williams.

Four-star running back prospect Anthony Williams started a revolution Saturday afternoon with his commitment to Kansas.

Shortly after watching the Jayhawks disappointing home basketball loss to Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse, the speedy Louisiana running back gave Kansas coach David Beaty his commitment.

Then he had a simple message for his fellow-Louisiana prospects there with him for Kansas Junior Day: “It’s your turn.”

One by one, they followed suit, culminating in a historic six-commitment day for the Jayhawks that rocked the national football recruiting landscape.

“Once I committed, a lot of my friends committed too,” Williams said. “We’re sticking together, really.”

Williams said Beatty wasn’t sure if he was joking or not when he initially pledged.

“He was happy. Really excited,” Williams said. “He thought I was playing at first. I told him I was serious, and they were extremely happy.”

The Hahnville (Boutte, Louisiana) High School speedster has clocked a sub-4.3 40-yard dash, and is considered a game-break both offensively and on special teams.  

“I do whatever is best for the team. I’m not selfish,” Williams said. “Everytime I touch a kick return I break it. It never fails.”

He cited several reasons for the commitment.

“I like all the coaches. I love the locker rooms,” Williams said. “I like everything about it — I didn’t like it, I loved it.”

Running back coach Tony Hull is one of the top reasons for Williams’ commitment, as well as the commitments of several players last weekend.  

“Coach Hull is a man of his word. He told me when I got up there, I was going to like it,” Williams said. “I told him if I liked it when I got up there, I was going to commit the same day. He was a coach down here. That’s a big impact.”

Goals for his senior season at Hahnville?  

“I just want to improve from last year, and lead our team to a state championship,” Williams said.  

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