Donnell Williams: I'll Be There In January

Donnell Williams has a message for Oklahoma State fans. The Houston Madison linebacker says he and standout Klein Collins running back Michael Goodson are both on their way to Stillwater, and can't wait to enroll in January and be on campus for spring practice.

"We're both planning to be there in January," the 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker said Monday night. "I'm solid, and I've been talking to Goodson. He's really comfortable with his decision. We talk about coming in early and trying to help out right away."

Does it matter to Williams that the Cowboys have struggled in recent weeks and appear to need some help? "In my eyes that's a good thing," he said. "Even though the way the season is going right now isn't great, that won't make me change my mind. I feel that I can come in and fill a spot that needs to be filled. That's how I look at it – I can come in and help right away."

Madison is 6-1 entering the final three weeks of the regular season, which was disrupted by Hurricane Rita. Williams has been plagued by a nagging ankle injury he suffered the opening week of the season, but has still be a disruptive force for the Marlins. He had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown in Madison's 74-0 rout of Austin on Oct. 8.

"I've been playing OK but I know I can play a lot better," he said. "I hurt my ankle in the first game and missed the second game. It's been a nagging injury that's bothered me all season. I'm still not at 100 percent."

Williams and the Marlins have some business to tend to first - like a run in the Class 5A playoffs - but he's ready to make the move to Stillwater and being working on earning a starting position for the 2006 season.

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