Houston-Aldine running back Dontae Williams (5-11, 185, 4.55) has earned his keep, reeling off a solid junior campaign before impressing scouts at the Army All-American combine in San Antonio last month, earning second team All-Combine honors in the process.
Following his San Antonio trip up by taking in the Tigers' junior day at the end of January, Williams was beginning to warm up to the idea that he would be taking his talents to the next level.
"You grow up and you don't know if you will get that chance, so you just keep working hard," he said. "Now that I am here and beginning to get all of this attention from colleges, it feels really good. I have a feeling of what schools I am looking at and would want to play for, and right now I am kind of just keeping it to LSU and Texas.
"I was invited down to the Longhorns' second junior day on Feb. 28, so that will give me a chance to check out more with them," added Williams. "After that I will have gotten to know both staffs of the two schools I am feeling and get an idea for how things are at each place."
With a leader board made up of two of the nation's most elite programs, one would be surprised as to how Williams arrived at his decision to bring the Tigers and Longhorns into his recruitment picture.
"I am not a fan of any school from growing up, so that is kind of different than most kids," he said. "Texas is close, so you become exposed to all of their stuff when you play ball here. LSU was just a school that one of my friends was really into back in the day, and when I started watching them with him they were the one school that just caught my eye.
"I just followed the team from then on out, and now I feel like I know a good bit about the program," added Williams. "I have been to Baton Rouge a couple of times now, for a football game and then the junior day trip. I feel pretty comfortable being on campus and around everyone, so LSU is definitely in a good place with me."
The Aldine standout points to the Tigers' recent success as one of the key attributes that caught his eye.
"The last few years LSU has been on top as one of the best teams in the nation, winning a couple of National Championships and all that," Williams said. "That is enough for anyone to want to be a part of a program, so to know that Coach [Larry] Porter and the other coaches at LSU are looking at me as someone who might could help them carry that success on, it means a lot."
After a junior season hampered by an ankle injury, limiting his production to 93 carries for 595 yards and six touchdowns, Williams is ready to take his senior season head on.
"I am scratching to get back out there," he said. "Things might start a little slow since we are replacing a coach and some staff, but after things aren't so sticky around here we should be back on top. I am going to get out to some camps this summer and make sure that I am on top of my game for next year."