Tigers Have Been Williams Choice For A While

DE commit knew Missouri was where he was heading for weeks.

On Friday, during a break in the Missouri Team Camp, 2016 DE prospect Tre Williams 6’5” 220 Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge committed to Missouri. Later, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about his commitment, and his future as a Missouri Tiger.

Williams chose Missouri over offers from California, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, New Mexico, TCU, and Tulsa.

“I was going to commit to Missouri about two or three weeks ago,” said Williams. “But then (these media guys) kept asking me, when are you going to commit? They were annoying. So I said, I ain’t going to do it, now. Then, when they left me alone, I decided to go ahead and do it now.”

Williams talked about why he chose Mizzou.

“Coach Pinkel’s been there for a while, man,” explained Williams. “And Coach Kuligowski’s the best D-line coach in the country. If I want to make it to the next level, and be at my top performance, and play to the best of my ability, I might as well get the best coach.”

Williams credited Rock Bridge Head Coach A.J. Ofodile and Defensive Line Coach Donnell Jones with alerting Missouri Defensive Line Coach Craig Kuligowski regarding Williams’ talent.

“Coach Jones and Coach Ofodile were the first ones to believe in me,” explained Williams. “They’re good guys.”

Williams told ShowMeMizzou.com that before Missouri offered, he had become friends with Missouri defensive end Charles Harris.

“Charles Harris gives me a lot of positive input,” said Williams. “He works so hard. You know, he’s a workaholic. And I need that positive influence, that workaholic attitude, because I want to be the best.”

Williams said that he was timed at 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also said that he’s done with his recruitment, and that he’s focused on being a Missouri Tiger.P

“Coach Kool told me to interact with the team, and to get tight with the (young Missouri players), and to work hard,” said Williams. “Just to work really hard.”

At this juncture, Williams plans to play basketball again as a senior year at Rock Bridge. Right now, he’s focused on his development as a defensive end. He’s solid to Missouri, he has his sights set high, and he’s ready to get to work.


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