Cardinals now among running backs top three

RB Dea Williams of Sapulpa (Okla.) chats with Cardinal Authority about his official visit with Louisville

Dea Williams, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back from Sapulpa (Okla.) and a current SMU commit, was among the dozen recruits that made an official visit with Louisville over the weekend.

During his time in the Derby City, Williams spent time visiting with players and coaching, touring the campus and facilities, and enjoying a bit of downtime enjoying the community.

"It went well," said Williams, who also made unofficial visit at U of L during the summer. "I definitely saw a lot of things that I was interested in.

"The coaching staff, I thought they were very genuine. The whole family aspect of it. The players took me in. Even though I hadn't been there since last summer, it felt like I had never left. There wasn't any awkwardness or anything like that."

Williams, who garnered All-Metro and All-State honors following his senior season, was also impressed by the championship goals of the Cardinals program.

"They have their minds right," he said. "They all expect to win a national championship pretty soon, so I really liked that."

Speaking with Cardinal Authority during his drive home, Williams further added that the ACC program provides the essential tools, both on and off the field that he's looking for in a program.

"All the things that a young player could want, with the equipment and every thing else. It was just overwhelming, so I loved it."

His visit made his eventual final college decision a more difficult one, but it wasn't something that he was pressured into making while visiting with head coach Bobby Petrino and members of his staff.

"They asked me when I would be making my decision and I told them that I didn't know," he explained. "They didn't really try to pressure me into committing or de-committing, or anything like that."

How much of an impact did the visit make?

"It puts them up there," he said. "They've always been one of my favorite schools and have always been one that I've been considering. Now knowing what they have to offer really puts them up there."

Louisville, along with SMU and Tulsa, which he described as a home away from home setting, now comprise of Williams "top three."

Williams will make his official visit with SMU this weekend and will then trip to Tulsa the following weekend.

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