Ruston's Williams commits to LSU

The lure of reuniting with a former high school teammate wasn't enough to keep Ruston defensive tackle Kyle Williams from leaving the state of Louisiana. Although former Bearcat linebacker Robert Peace had found a new home at Tennessee, Williams decided to stay closer to his current home and commit to LSU.

Williams (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) became LSU's 16th verbal commitment for the signing class of 2002, picking the Tigers over Tennessee, Nebraska and Auburn. He also considered scholarship offers from Michigan State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

Recently chosen as the Class 5A Defensive Most Valuable Player, Williams finished his senior year at Ruston with 73 tackles, including 16 for a loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles and five quarterback hurries. The 2001 season was his first at tackle after starting for two seasons at defensive end. Network ranks Williams as the No. 25 defensive tackle prospect in the country. SuperPrep Magazine placed him at No. 26 in their pre-season rankings, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution named Williams to its Super 100 team.

"I wanted to make the best decision for myself and my family," Williams told the Baton Rouge Advocate. "I wanted my friends and family to be able to see me play, and it turned out the place I was the most comfortable was LSU."

Williams was originally scheduled to graduate from Ruston High School in December but chose instead to stay through the spring semester so he could participate in track and field. He is also a standout first baseman on the baseball team.

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