Signing Day Capsule: Darrel Williams

LSU has received a National Letter of Intent from RB Darrel Williams. The four-star prospect is officially a Tiger.

There was no question that Leonard Fournette was LSU's No. 1 target at running back. But after two years of not taking one, the Tigers needed more than just Fournette to complete the class. The LSU coaches eventually narrowed it down to two candidates, Darrel Williams and Sione Palalei. The two each worked at camp this past summer, but it was Palelei that landed the offer, and he committed on the spot. But a few months later, Palelei surprisingly changed his mind and opted to instead attend Oklahoma State for college, freeing up a spot for Williams.

LSU had never cut off contact with him, and as soon as Palelei flipped, RB coach Frank Wilson dialed him up to let him know how big a priority he was. At the time Williams was committed to Arizona State, but after a senior season in which he eclipsed the 2,000 rushing yard mark, he knew he was destined for the SEC. Other schools came calling too, programs like Tennessee, Florida and Texas A&M. But it was LSU that received his commitment on Dec. 10, and the Tigers were able to hold off those competitors to secure his signature on NSD.

Williams doesn't come to LSU with quite the same fanfare that Fournette brings. But Williams is a quality prospect in his own right, ranked as a four-star prospect and one of the top 25 backs in the country. He's a strong, physical downhill runner that rarely goes down on first contact. He improved significantly from his junior to season year, and proved he's the complete package. Williams isn't just a bruiser. He's smooth in his cuts and has improved his straight-line speed as well.

He'll enter his freshman year behind Fournette and veterans Terrance Magee and Kenny Hilliard, but don't count him out in terms of reps. Williams has the potential to pass up Magee and Hilliard on the depth chart, and the LSU coaches expect big things from this promising running back.


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