It would seem that even big-time programs are not immune to the coaching bug, that being an instance where some seriously storied traditions have found themselves without a head coach, whether it's due to the former coach taking another job or being relieved of their current one.
Texas A&M is one of those, Dennis Franchione fired and former Green Bay Packer Head Coach Mike Sherman being brought in.
Even when a coach has the kind of luster Sherman has from his years in the league, the uncertainty of the situation and simple unfamiliarity with the coaching staff, leads current commits to start looking around.
Two-way Oklahoma prep standout K.J. Williams has done that, but has maintained his pledge to the Aggies, because in his mind, he has to see something he doesn't necessarily like before he's willing to change his mind. "I think I am going up there the 11th, and it's just a chance to check things over again, get a feel for what's going on there and then I will have a much better idea of what I want to do," he said.
There have been a number of schools who haven't wasted anytime in waiting around for Williams to decide one way or the other. Iowa State , Oklahoma State and Kansas State have all been on Williams pretty consistently since the change happened in College Station .
Williams said that he has a tentative date of January 25th to visit Kansas State , but as of right now, nothing is concrete. And in recent days another school has tried to work itself into the picture. "Coach Gilmore called me last week, and they have tried to get in touch with me, but we have kept missing each other," Williams said of Ted Gilmore, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Nebraska . "I'm looking at them as a possibility, because I have family in Lincoln right now."
Like all the other schools courting him right now, Williams is being sought after as an offensive player, which goes a little against many of the popular projections. Williams doesn't really like that much, because when it comes to either side of the ball he knows for certain which one suits him best. "I am by far a better offensive player than I am on defense. People see my defensive highlights and that's what they think I am going to play," K.J. said. "But with what I am able to do, both after the catch and being able to stretch the field, I know I am going to be a tight end in college."
Williams didn't have a prolific year at the position, only catching six balls for 78 yards and two scores, compared to his 44 tackles and nine sacks, the sack-total good enough for top-10 honors in the state in 6A, Oklahoma's largest classification. But when you have a player by the name of Beau Blankenship, you aren't necessarily going to be needed to be a major part of the scoring. Blankenship, just a junior at Norman High, ran for an eye-popping 2,200 yards, scoring an equally eye-popping 26 touchdowns, averaging over 6.6 yards per carry for the season.
That's not common for many spread offenses, but the Timberwolves benefited from that as Williams, Blankenship and company led Norman North to a 9-3 record and a district title, the record the best in school history and the title the first in the school's history as well.
That's not a bad way to go out, and Williams will continue his prep playing days a little longer as he will be competing in the Max Emfinger All-American game in January. As for the schools and his final decision, Williams isn't in a big hurry, because he is still technically a commit But he wouldn't mind putting this issue to rest, one way or the other, as soon as he possibly can.
"If I see everything I really thought about Texas A&M when I committed, I'll probably still end up going there. But I'm definitely keeping my options open right now," Williams said. "I'm not sure if I visit Nebraska , but if I get a real chance to talk to them, I'm a good enough judge of character, I think I can get a feel for them by talking to the coaches a few times.
"I'm just going to have to see how this plays out. I'm not closing any doors right now. I'll just go with the situation which I think will be the best for me."