CoachSpeak: Darryl Williams

Mississippi State picked up a commitment from the nation's #7 center, Darryl Williams, last night. The Bulldogs have been in the mix with Williams through much of the recruiting process, but things have grown a lot more serious in the past few weeks. After seeing Williams play in person last week, the Bulldogs made a push to get Williams into the big Maroon boat.

Darryl Williams profile

Bessemer City head football coach Martez Edwards reports that the Mississippi State coaching staff worked extremely hard to get Williams committed for the 2015 signing class.

"It's always been pretty serious with Mississippi State," said Edwards. "They were his first SEC offer and I think that played a part in things.

"They just stayed on him and kept recruiting him hard. He felt real comfortable with them and they just did a great job recruiting him."

Williams has developed into one of the nation's top center prospects. Coach Edwards believes that Williams' best football lies ahead.

"I would like to see him keep developing," said Edwards. "I know that he has the potential to be a great college football player, but I think he is the type of player that can play on Sundays.

"I don't want him to be satisfied with just playing on Saturdays when he has the potential to play on Sundays too.

"He is a very aggressive football player who has a real mean streak.

"He's a nice kid off of the field, but he's a mean one on the field. He knows when to turn it off and when to flip the switch to turn it on.

"I think as he's matured, he's learned the importance of playing mean and playing with an edge."

In addition to being a star on the football field, Williams has set a great example for the rest of the team as a student and citizen walking the halls of the Bessemer City High School.

"He's a great kid," said Edwards of Williams. "He is sort of a rule enforcer off of the field and a great leader for us.

"He has a GPA over 3.0 and he never gets into any trouble around the school.

"He does the things that he's supposed to do. He takes care of his business in the class room, in the weight room and on the field. He has a great future in front of him."

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