Williams Felt Welcomed By Spartans

It didn't take long for Justin Williams to feel welcomed during his official visit to Michigan State. The Florida native spoke with SpartanDigest.com about making his commitment to the Spartans.

Heading into his official visit to Michigan State, Justin Williams of Port Saint Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast High School didn't know what to expect. However, soon he felt like part of the Spartans family.

"The trip was pretty good," said Williams. "I'm a Spartan, Go Green! When I first got there I guess I was like the only one not committed and all the players were telling me how they wanted me as one of the family. They made me feel very welcomed and took me in with open arms making me feel like I was committed.

"When we were at the basketball game all the fans said hello and were telling me how great of a school Michigan State was. So I just felt like I was at home and it felt like the right decision for me."

Another factor taken in during the decision process was the way the Spartans coaching staff works with each other.

"I got a lot of love from (assistant) coach (Pat) Narduzzi and (assistant) coach (Harlon) Barnett," said Williams. "Coach Narduzzi is an amazing person and I can't wait to play for him, Coach (Mark) Dantonio and Coach Barnett.

"Coach Barnett will be my position coach and knowing the background of each of them and how they've been together so long helped my decision. Also, my high school runs the same defensive scheme so it really made this the best decision for me."

When did Williams know the Spartans were the right choice?

"We were at the basketball game and it was amazing as the crowd was so supportive of the team," said Williams. "My parents were sitting behind me at the game and I told them I was going to commit. They liked Michigan State too and got a good vibe from the coaches. So they wanted me to commit and Michigan State is where they wanted me to go."

As for the other programs Williams was looking at and if he'll take any more visits, he was quick to respond.

"I'm done, I'm a Spartan," said Williams. "I was looking at South Carolina, Marshall, Cincinnati and UMass. I wanted to get out of Florida and find something different going north, so I won't have any problem going away from home and look forward to starting my career."

During his meetings with members of the Spartans coaching staff, Williams learned more about his future.

"The coaches feel I can play both safety and corner," explained Williams. "Wherever they stick me on the field will be fine with me. I could play some special teams next season and may even get some reps on offense."


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