The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Williams plans to sign a binding national letter of intent with the Cajuns during the NCAA’s early signing period, which is Nov. 11-18.
“I’m ecstatic about my decision,” Williams told the Cajun Redzone. “I feel like I’ve made one of the best decisions in my life. I’m happy and know that is where I want to go. I kind of had my mind made up for a week or two, and my visit there pretty much sealed the deal.”
In addition to the Cajuns, Williams claimed offers from Troy, South Alabama, FIU, Murray State, USF, Chattanooga, College of Charleston and Middle Tennessee and interest from Louisiana Tech, Florida State, Georgia Tech and UCF. Tennessee and Mississippi State offered him before coaching changes.
The Cajuns were the only school that Williams visited officially.
“It just felt so much like home,” Williams said. “I could see myself being there for four years and being happy with it. The coaching staff is great, the players are good people and I love the environment. It’s just so much like home.”
An athletic scorer and shotmaker who plays above the rim, Williams garnered all-county honors as a sophomore after averaging 24 points per game. He logged big numbers (29 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apg) last year before he tore his meniscus in Marianna High’s seventh game and missed the rest of the season.
After having surgery in December, Williams transferred to Oldsmar Christian School (Fla.) in the spring and rehabbed over the summer before playing travel ball for Florida-based Team Breakdown. He transferred back to Marianna High last month and is expected to be 100 percent before its season starts next week.
“A lots of schools in the recruiting process told me they wanted me to play the 2 and some of the 1, but they stood out to me because they want me to play the 1 and some at the 2,” Williams said of the Cajuns. “I feel like coach Marlin and his coaches are good at developing their guys and will help me chase my dreams. Their offense really fits my game because they use ball screens and the give-and-go a lot. I’m athletic and can hit shots whenever I’m not making plays for my teammates.”
An experienced coach in his first year at Marianna High, Matt Anderson has been impressed with Williams in preseason workouts. Williams is known more for his scoring ability, but Anderson said he is also an excellent passer and has a bright future ahead of him with the Cajuns.
“I’ve known coach Marlin for about 25 years and I think a lot of him and his program and how he does things,” Anderson said. “Being the type of young man Herman is, I think he’ll fit in there right away. It’s a good place for him, and I think he’ll have a great career there.”
Williams, who plans to major in psychology, is the second public commitment for the Cajuns in their 2016 recruiting class. Helen Cox High (La.) wing Roydell Brown, who also visited the Cajuns last weekend, committed earlier this week.
“Our teams played over the summer and kind of got into it a bit, but we met over breakfast on our visit and and felt a real brotherhood,” Williams said of Brown. “Making this decision now really takes a lot of pressure off me. The only thing on my mind now is getting a state championship ring.”
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