Recruiting: OSU Gets Defensive Line Commit

Defensive tackle Justin Williams of Grand Prairie (South Grand Prairie), Texas said he decided last weekend that he was ready to commit to Oklahoma State. The 6-0, 270-pound Williams had just seen the coaches again at a minicamp held at DeSoto High School.

"It's the school that I have wanted to go to since I first heard from them last spring before my junior season," said Williams. "That kind of fired me up for spring ball. I just think it is closer to home and if I can go to a school that suits me better that is closer to home then that is the right decision."

Williams said he chose Oklahoma State over Arizona and Colorado State. He says he knows a fellow South Grand Prairie product in OSU linebacker Deron Fontenot, but that didn't push him in his decision.

"Deron is a friend and I've known him," said Williams. "We were going to be friends whether I went up there or not, but it'll be good to be up there with him."

Williams is also the younger brother of former SGP defensive back Malcolm Williams. "He is getting ready to go to Trinity Valley and then to OU later," said Williams of his brother who was a standout prospect in the 2006 recruiting class.

Justin is every bit as stellar as his brother, just at a different position. Last season he had 48 tackles, 5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 10 fumbles caused, and 15 passes deflected. What really blows you away is his prowess in the weight room.

"My bench press is up to 465 pounds," said Williams. "My squat is 550 (pounds). We don't have a powerlifting team, but I do track."

He does the throws in track, but could help in running events because even at 6-0, 270 he claims his 40 time is still in the 4.7 range. He also said he is doing summer school.

"My grades are okay," he said. "I just want to get caught up on a few things and then get ahead for next year."

Williams flew under the radar screen a little, likely because of his height, but it shouldn't be lost on anyone that follows recruiting how valuable a stout defensive tackle is. Williams is likely a player that will play inside at the one technique.

He becomes the Cowboys' seventh commitment overall, and the fourth in the past week.

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