- Name: Basiel Williams, Jr.
- Classification: 2018
- Position: OF
- Ht: Wt: 6-3, 180
- Bats-Throws: S-R
- High School: Ponchatoula High School (Hammond, LA)
- Schools of Interest: Committed to MSU
"I called Coach Andy and told him," said Williams, ranked the 49th best player in his class by Perfect Game and 5th in his class by Prep Baseball Report. "He was excited. I thought he was going to come through the phone and give me a hug. That is what I love about him."
Coach Cannizaro was one of several things he liked about Mississippi State.
"I visited them in February," said Williams, who was first recruited by State in the fall after a Perfect Game tournament. "I loved Starkville, the coaches and how they treated me, the environment, the fans, really I loved everything about it. I felt relaxed and comfortable there. It felt like home to me.
"And when I came there Coach Andy took me in and treated me like I had been there before. He treated my family well. He was up front about everything. I just love his attitude about the game."
Another coach that impressed him was his recruiting coach, Will Coggin.
"Coach Will Coggin is a great man," said Williams, a Perfect Game Underclassman Preseason 1st Team All-American selection, one of five MSU commitments who made the 1st team. "He was the one who came to watch me play. They actually had a game in Oregon that Friday and he came down Thursday to watch me play. That was the first thing that impressed me about (Mississippi State)."
Mississippi State was one of several schools that recruited the talented youngster.
"I was also recruited by LSU, Tulane, UNO, Ole Miss, ULL, Southeastern and a few other schools," said Williams, a switch-hitter who hits for average and power, has the speed to play center field and the arm to play right field. "(In addition to Mississippi State Williams) also visited Tulane, LSU, Ole Miss, Southeastern and UNO."
After visiting all of those schools, he decided to make his college choice.
"It came down to whether I could afford the school, which one I was most comfortable at and the one that I had the best shot of playing and actually starting as a freshman," said Williams, who participated in the 2017 Armour Pre-Season All-American game in Mesa, Az. "Education is also very important to me. I plan on majoring in Engineering."