Williams attended his first ever game in Tiger Stadium this past weekend. He’d heard stories of how incredible the atmosphere was in Death Valley, and he finally got a first-hand experience.
He had high expectations, and those were met and then some.
“The game was too hyped,” Williams said. “As soon as I walked on the sideline and saw all those people, I knew there was nothing better. I believe that LSU has the best night games in the country. And that was a tough loss, but I love how some of the fans were still there afterward, singing and cheering for their Tigers. This was beyond what I expected of an LSU game.”
Tbh LSU was one of the most livest atmospheres out there— Joejuan Williams (@JoejuanW) November 10, 2014
Williams’ first LSU visit came in May, when he accompanied friend and fellow LSU target Kyle Phillips to the Bayou Picnic. That was where Williams landed an offer from the Tigers, and they’ve been heavily recruiting him ever since.
That included encouragement from the LSU coaches for Williams to attend a game, and even Phillips told him he had to check one out.
“My friend Kyle Phillips told me I had to see the game atmosphere,” Williams said. “Seeing all those people getting hyped was great. I feel like it was the loudest in the country. And a great fan base is an influential part of my recruiting process.”
Williams arrived Saturday and stayed overnight, spending time on campus until midday Sunday. Even with the magnitude of the game, the LSU coaches still managed to get plenty of face-time with Williams, who’s emerging as a top defensive back target in the 2016 class.
“I was with Chief [John Chavis] and Coach Raymond most of Saturday and Sunday,” Williams said. “I also talk to [director of player personnel] Austin Thomas all the time since we both are from Nashville. I would say my lead recruiter is Chief. I talk to him every week, and we’re at that position where we barely even talk about football anymore. We talk about life and other things.”
There are plenty of other schools coming after Williams. He regularly mentions nearby Tennessee and Vanderbilt in his lead group. Programs like Auburn, Michigan State, Ohio State and Alabama extended him offers within the last few months.
He’ll have his pick of wherever he wants to go, but the Tigers are in prime position at this stage.
“I really haven’t started breaking things down yet,” Williams said, “but when I do, I know LSU will be high on my list.”