Daryl Williams has always had a few favorites when it came to picking colleges.
“I liked some of the bigger schools from the start, from Oklahoma to LSU to Miami,” he said. “I heard from LSU and Oklahoma here and there in the beginning, but Miami was nowhere around. I had offers from Texas Tech and Baylor at that point, so I figured that I might have to stay in-state to play ball.”
Yet, after a big camp showing at Oklahoma in mid-June, the Lake Dallas standout’s recruitment took a turn in a different direction.
“The Oklahoma staff worked me out and said that I was what they wanted, and they went ahead and offered,” he said. “I felt really comfortable up in Norman. The town is kind of old, but the coaches are real cool.
“I have been there a couple of times now, and it is definitely somewhere that I could play in college.”
The three-star prospect, who holds over 20 offers, said that the good times did not stop there.
“Miami offered as well, so things are really coming together for me,” he said. “Nebraska, Missouri and TCU are a couple of the other offers that I hold in high regard, so I am just going to be looking at those schools headed forward.”
Where does that leave LSU, a team that Williams once tabbed as a favorite?
“LSU is definitely not out of it and I'm looking forward to talking to the coaches more when they can start calling,” he said. “I am not going to be able to make it to the July camp, so unless they see some new film or check me out in the fall then I am not sure what can happen.
“I would like to get over on an official visit, though,” he added. “I have said that I would like to make a decision before my season starts, but I would still want to see LSU and hear anything that they have to say. Nothing is over until signing day.”
Williams acknowledged that he knows coaches are limited in the contact they can have at this point, so he's not shutting the door on any schools that grabbed his attention early on. Could the Tigers move back into the picture if an offer were to be handed over?
“Absolutely,” Williams said. “Something would definitely happen if LSU offered. Right now Oklahoma really stands out for me, then Miami. But, if LSU joined that group, then they would really standout. It would be a good feeling.”
Last season, Williams recorded 15 pancakes and allowed no sacks.