Go Pokes confirmed on Thursday night that Oklahoma State has picked up their 16th commitment in the 2016 class with Hutchinson Community College offensive lineman Larry Williams.
Williams is originally from Wilmington, N.C., and played high school football and was a captain at Emsley Laney High School before being part of the 2013 recruiting class at East Carolina. He was dismissed this past July by East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill, who called it a "violation of team rules."
Williams quickly caught on with Hutchinson, and Blue Dragons head coach Rion Rhoades told us he has been an excellent addition to his program as he has started every game.
"We haven't had him for long but he has been a very good player and he has been a good leader for us on and off the field," Rhoades said of Williams. "He's a good kid and Oklahoma State is getting a good player. He is a solid commitment.
"The last time I checked with him he said he was cancelling all of his other visits, and don't hold me to it but I think he is visiting Oklahoma State on Nov. 28. You have a game then, right?" Yes, that would be the Bedlam game with Oklahoma.
We also spoke with Williams who told us he came to Hutchinson at 6-5, 339 pounds, but told us he is now 308 and he trimmed up to make himself a better player in the Blue Dragons offense.
"I did lose some weight and it did make me a better player," Williams said. "I appreciate Coach Rhoades comments and this has been a good experience.
"I did commit to Oklahoma State and I will be there in January. Hutchinson has made me a better football player and team member. I liked the love from all the Oklahoma State coaches and how they were honest with me. I think it is the perfect fit for me. I think I will go for my unofficial (visit) for the game in November and then take my official visit later in December. I need to talk to the coaches for it."
Recapping Williams college experience he redshirted at East Carolina in 2013 and then played in all 12 games last season, primarily on special teams. He would have had a good chance to play a lot on the offensive line this past season had he not been dismissed.
Again, Williams will transfer in at mid-year in January.