The Air Begins to Clear

Back in March, Jonathan Williams made his verbal pledge to Mississippi State and Coach Sylvester Croom. Despite his committed status, other schools continued to recruit the talented defensive lineman. While there are still a few issues to address, it appears the future is beginning to come into focus for Williams.

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With a midterm signing looming, Jonathan is still receiving calls from college coaches hoping to sway his decision.

"I am getting calls from Mississippi State, South Carolina and Kansas," said Williams. "Kansas started calling about a month ago. They want to see video and a transcript. They have not offered. I still have the same offers, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Carolina."

Jonathan has remained committed to Mississippi State, but admitted to having some interest in South Carolina. Jonathan explains why the Gamecocks were able to give him something to consider.

"South Carolina would only be about thirty minutes from home, so it would be easier on my family to come see me play. They don't get to see me play now," said Williams.

While the Gamecocks are not totally out of contention, the Bulldogs appear to be holding strong.

"My commitment to Mississippi State is still pretty solid," said Jonathan. "I have a good relationship with all of the coaches there. Coach Haley is my recruiting coach and he will be my position coach. He and I are becoming great friends."

While Williams is beginning to forge relationships with his future college coaches, he already has a strong relationship with current Bulldogs and former MDCC teammates Timmy Bailey and Ryan Mason as well as current MDCC teammate and roommate Jimmie Holmes who is also headed to Starkville.

"My relationship with Timmy, Ryan and Jimmie will be a major factor in my decision," said Jonathan. "Getting to play with those guys is something I am excited about."

While the Bulldogs have had some struggles in the first half of the 2006 season, Jonathan still believes in the coaching staff and the MSU football program in general.

"The coaches at MSU are really down to earth," said Williams. "I really like all of them. I feel the program is on the rise and I want to be a part of that."

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