Class of 2014 pitcher Cameron Williams received a LSU scholarship offer last Thursday night.
Within less than 24 hours, Williams had already announced his verbal commitment to the Tigers on Twitter. Williams had long been high on LSU, and with family in Louisiana, he was quick to pull the trigger.
Williams turned down other in-state schools like Texas Tech, Rice and Texas A&M, instead opting for the school about 400 miles from his home in Bastrop, Texas.
"My parents decided that because that was where I wanted to go, they'd do anything as long as they knew I'd work hard and succeed there," Williams said.
Williams grew up a Longhorn fan, but LSU opened his eyes during the 2009 College World Series. Pitchers like Louis Coleman, Matty Ott and Anthony Ranaudo made LSU an attractive destination for the young righty.
Once LSU defeated Texas, Williams' family chimed in with their own opinions on where the Tigers should rank.
"Half of my family lives in Louisiana. Most of them live in Lafayette," Williams said. "Ever since my freshman year, they've all been pushing me to go to LSU…After years and years of them trying to convince me, I guess I ended up liking LSU more."
Williams first heard from LSU in the fall of his freshman year when his coach received a letter inviting Williams to a camp. Williams maintained constant contact with the LSU coaches and made his firs trip to Baton Rouge this past summer for a prospect camp, then returned in October for LSU's football game against South Carolina.
Impressed with everything he saw on campus, it was his comfort with Paul Mainieri and the coaching staff that made him secure with his decision.
"They're the coolest coaches I've ever met," Williams said. "[Mainieri's] really nice. I liked everything he had to say. He told me about these four pillars they have. We have to support the community and we have to work hard for him. Basically, they're just good people. I like that he actually cares how we turn out after college."
Now a 6-foot-5, 195-pound junior, Williams hopes he will soon be in the company with other great LSU pitchers that have preceded him.
Williams said his fastball has been clocked twice at 91 mph, but that it consistently falls between 86 and 88 mph. He's also working on a slider to go with his curveball and changeup.
"[The coaches] want my changeup to be my second best pitch," Williams said. "They believe it's the best pitch you can throw."
Williams, who also plays basketball for Bastrop High School, said he hopes to make another visit to Baton Rouge during basketball or baseball season, depending on his busy schedule.
Though he has had some contact with pro scouts, he said he still intends to go to college.
"I definitely plan on going to college unless I get drafted for millions and millions of dollars," Williams said. "I'm still looking at my options and talking to people with knowledge of that."
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