Louisville now has 23 verbal commitments for the '16 class after picking up on Sunday from JUCO DT Chris Williams

Northwest Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Chris Williams has given the University of Louisville football staff a verbal commitment. The Cardinals now have 23 verbal commitments in the Class of 2016.

It's a Sunday morning commitment for the second consecutive week for the University of Louisville football program.

The Cardinals have landed commitment No. 23 in the Class of 2016 as Northwest Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Chris Williams has committed to Bobby Petrino after a weekend official visit.

"It feels great," he told Cardinal Authority moments after finishing his official visit.

Recruited primarily by defensive line coach L.D. Scott, Williams said that he made his commitment while meeting with U of L head coach Bobby Petrino.

"I told Coach Petrino first," he said. "He was very excited."

The 6-foot-1, 280-pound Williams is a former Mississippi commitment out of high school. He'll sign with the Cardinals next month and will enroll in January and be able to participate in spring practice. 

Williams and the Cardinals staff believe that his skill set will allow him to make a quick impact on the defensive line depth chart.

"The quickness that I have and leadership, and being a big presence will be needed," he said. "I can make my presence known."

Williams teamed with current Cardinals Shaq Wiggins and Ja'Quay Williams at Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek and both had been recrutiing him hard in recent months. Williams committed to Ole Miss out of high school over offers from Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, South Carolina, Vandy, Texas A&M, Kentucky and others.

Northwest Mississippi, which won its ninth MACJC Football title earlier this month, will play for the NJCAA National Championship on Dec. 6 in Biloxi, Miss.

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