Williams talks commitment

It doesn't happen very often that the 5A defensive player of the year is a junior. It doesn't happen a lot, actually. It did last year though. That speaks just a little to Chris Williams and his ability as a player. The other that is a little amazing is that teams were looking at him to play anywhere from safety to outside linebacker to middle linebacker. And now, he's a Husker.

Chris Williams was arguably the most heavily recruited player from the state of Texas in the early part of the recruiting process. During the spring evaluation period Williams was already sitting on 20 offers.

Last year, Williams led Abilene (Texas) on a deep run into the playoffs that included a great game against Southlake (Texas) Carroll. The 5A defensive player of the year last year, Williams had 26 tackles for loss and nine sacks. This past week he ended his recruiting process with a commitment to Nebraska.

"It was Nebraska's history, the stress of recruiting overall and once I was there it just felt like home," Williams said. "Their players and their coaching staff really felt like something I could relate to."

What Williams saw in Nebraska's staff was the history of them being very defensive minded. Williams knows all about the success that Bo Pelini had as a defensive coordinator at Nebraska, Oklahoma and most recently LSU.

"I know that I can be the centerpiece to Bo Pelini's defense at Nebraska. I know that he can make me better and take me to that next level. He can pull out that potential that I have and that really helped me make my decision.

"That definitely had a big part to do with my decision. Also, there is the rest of the coaching staff like his brother, Carl Pelini, and Coach Mike Ekeler and Coach John Papuchis. All of those guys had a big part in my decision. Also, the history behind the Blackshirts just adds on more reason."

Players like Williams don't leave the state of Texas very often. Most of the time it's because of a want to stay in-state. That isn't the case with Williams who learned from his sister that you might have to go away to do what you want.

"I really didn't think about it that way and it didn't affect my decision. I wanted to go to the best place for me. My sister is on a softball scholarship to Temple. Being a Texas kid and wanting to play Texas football didn't play a part in my decision."

There has been a need all season for a recruit to carry the torch and get actively involved with recruiting. Before Williams committed, he called a fellow recruit to tell him about it and to encourage him to do the same. Could Williams call others for this class?

"I really would. I did talk to Anthony Carpenter and tried to talk him in to Nebraska. I also talked to a couple of other players. They know the atmosphere, the whole crow comes around the offense; and I know that I could talk to some other players."

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