Not long after he announced that he had signed with Missouri, 2014 DE prospect Spencer Williams 6’4” 220 Jacksonville (FL) First Coast spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about his decision to become a Missouri Tiger.
“My Missouri visit went well,” said Williams. “It definitely helped that I know Marvin (Zanders) and Desean (Blair). We’re good friends. And Marvin was my host on my visit.”
Before he visited Missouri last weekend, Williams had been committed to Cincinnati. But early this week, he notified the Missouri staff of his decision to change his commitment to Missouri, and on Signing day, he made it public.
In the end, Williams chose Missouri over offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Memphis, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Purdue, Southern Miss, UCF, and Western Michigan, among others.
“Obviously, Missouri’s in the SEC,” said Williams, explaining his decision to sign with Missouri. “And, Missouri finished in the top ten. Coach Kuligowski has a reputation for getting guys to the league. They’ve had a lot of great players up under them. And I don’t have to worry about them leaving. They’ve been there for over ten years. That’s very rare in today’s coaching world.”
Williams said that he had spoken to Coach Henson months ago, but that contact with Missouri increased “the last few weeks”.
“I was always kind of interested in Missouri,” explained Williams.
Playing in Florida’s large-school 8A classification for perennial power and 2013 quarterfinalist First Coast, Williams recorded 15 sacks as a senior from his defensive end position. He’s extremely quick and explosive off the edge, and is already viewed as an explosive pass rusher.
On Wednesday, Missouri Defensive Line Coach Craig Kuligowski compared Williams speed off the edge to current Missouri Tiger Shane Ray, or former sack artist Brian Smith. Williams said that Coach Pinkel and Coach Kul “were real excited” when he told them that he wanted to come to Missouri. He said that Coach Pinkel “jumped up and welcomed me to the family”.
Williams said that his father accompanied him on his Missouri visit, and that his father wanted him to attend Missouri. Williams is planning to begin classes at Missouri in June. He would like to visit Missouri for the Spring Game.