Family ties to Nebraska

There have been a lot of recruiting stories with ties from the recruit, recruit's family and the recruit's school back to Nebraska. Mainly it has been with Ohio recruits, particularly the two commitments from Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney. Add another to the list and this recruit says that he will be in Lincoln next month for Big Red Weekend.

Delton Williams is really trying to get his arms around the recruiting process. The evaluation period has shocked him to some extent by the number of schools that have come by Eerie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep and pulled him out of class.

"The evaluation period has been crazy," "I have seen Duke, Boston College, Nebraska, Penn State, Pitt, Michigan State, Illinois and a bunch of others. It's crazy because I'll be sitting in class and they come and get me."

The assistant coach at Nebraska that stopped by was really coming home too. He's Cathedral Prep alum and has a lot of ties back to Williams' family through school and being from the area.

"Coach Rick Kaczenski was the coach from Nebraska that was here to see me. He went to the same high school as me and that's how we keep things going the way that we do. You can't go wrong with that.

"There are a lot of ties for him back to me. He knows my whole family basically. He went to school with my mom. There's already a history with me and him so as we get to know each other more it brings me closer to Nebraska."

The offer to Williams is relatively new. In fact, he says that he got the offer while he was on an unofficial visit and when he spoke to the Nebraska coaches later that day they asked him to not jump into a commitment while on his trip and give them a chance.

"I got the offer from Nebraska when I was at Penn State. I was having lunch a couple of hours later and they were telling me over the phone. I have had it for three or four weeks."

The opportunity that the Nebraska staff has now with coaches from different areas in the Big Ten footprint is providing a big boost to recruiting. It's also getting offers into areas from Nebraska that hasn't been seen before.

"It's a big time offer. I feel real good about it. Most people from this area don't get offers from a school like Nebraska. Getting that degree from Nebraska would really do a lot for me and for my family."

Nebraska likes Williams as a defensive back. The 6-foot-2 and 200-pound Williams says that Nebraska hasn't closed the door though on possibly playing some running back too.

"They like me as a defensive back, but they said that if I get in there and there is a need for help at running back that I can get a try back there.

"As a safety I just go get it. If I see someone with the ball then I go get the ball. If the ball comes into my area then I go and get the ball.

"I run hard as a running back. I hit the hole and I am a downhill runner. I have a lot of speed and I adjust to the game when I work in the offseason."

Nebraska is toward the top of Williams' list right now and the top team is going to be tough to beat. There are also some ties to his top school that are pulling him in that direction.

"Nebraska is in my top two. The other team is Michigan State and they are my top school. My quarterback is committed there and he's like a brother to me."

Williams says that Nebraska extended an invitation to come and visit next month for a junior day which we now know is now being called "Big Red Weekend". The Nebraska staff said that if he does visit he might feel like becoming a Husker on the trip.

"I am going to visit Nebraska with one of my family members on June 16th for a junior day. We want to meet the coaches and see everything. Coach K gave me the personal invite and said that there are just 13 players being invited.

"He came to the school and handed me the envelope and asked me to come out for the visit. He said that it's a place that he thinks that I will love when I get there and I may not want to leave."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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