Kieron Williams is a name that Nebraska fans are going to have to learn in a hurry. The 6-foot-1 and 185-pound safety from Colorado Springs (Colo.) Air Force Prep Academy is set to join Nebraska on Monday to start as a true freshman.
"I am still on campus right now," Williams said. "I took a visit to Nebraska and was on campus yesterday and today. We are leaving to go back to Shreveport tomorrow.
"I felt very comfortable here on my visit because of the family atmosphere. I can come in and play and have an immediate effect. My family felt good about the decision, the academics are top-notch and it was the right decision for me."
The immediate questions that popped up around this commitment were why did Williams not end up at Air Force and why was he at Prep School? Shreveport (La.) Byrd head coach Mike Suggs had some insight.
"I am not sure what happened really," Coach Mike Suggs said. "I had heard he didn't get his acceptance, but it wasn't that he did anything wrong. The coaches at Air Force were hopeful he'd be able to join.
"So I had spoken with Coach Calhoun at Air Force when we got the news and I started making calls for him. Louisiana-Monroe wanted Kieron out of high school and was still interested.
"There was a lot of interest actually when he became available. I know that Cincinnati, BYU, Indiana, California, Colorado as well as Nebraska were all interested. It all happened very quickly and he had a lot of options."
Coach Suggs went on to say that Williams had been away at Prep Academy for a year and that out of high school he was a full qualifier. The reason Williams ended up in at Prep Academy was because he was a point shy in one of the ACT components.
"He was at Prep Academy for one year. He was a qualifier, but the Academy have higher academic requirements. He actually had a 26 ACT score. One of the sections was a point too low. He had a 3.7 GPA in high school and took honors classes."
Nebraska fans are going to be excited to hear about the glowing review that his high school gives Williams on the field as well. It sounds like Nebraska is getting a presence in the secondary that is actually used to playing at the second level.
"He was an outside linebacker for us in high school. He's very aggressive and physical. He's a big hitter and a good tackler as well. He has good size and is very strong too."
The Nebraska staff see Williams as a guy that can do a couple of things in the secondary though. They feel that he can play in a multiple cornerback set as well as true safety. They also see him as a player that can fit in on special teams.
"I think that I fit in as a safety and in the dime where I can play some man to man defense and also be a cover two guy. I think that they can also use me off of the edge as a pass rusher. They have also talked to be about kick off and punt coverage."