Williams Set for Future at OU

Steve Williams was one of the most highly recruited cornerbacks in Texas, but in the end he felt the most comfortable with the Oklahoma Sooners. He is well aware of the prestige of the program, but the strength of the university academically also played a big role.

Steve Williams, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound cornerback from Skyline High in Texas snagged offers from schools like Miami (FL), Arizona, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Auburn, and Nebraska, but it was an offer from the Oklahoma Sooners that really caught his eye.

"When they offered me it kind of grabbed my attention," Williams explained. "I knew that was a big offer. That showed me that I was a good athlete, so I was real happy about getting the offer."

"The graduation rate grabbed my attention they have the highest graduation rate in the Big 12. My parents liked that."

Williams was also impressed by what he saw on campus.

"The weight room was real nice, because they had air resistance. They had some stuff that most of the colleges do not have yet. They said that they were the only college that has that air resistance weights."

The lockdown corner also loved the fact that the head coach pays some special attention to his positional group.

"I like that the head coach comes and works with the DB's. He played at Iowa, so I though that was pretty tight."

Williams believes he has the skills to shut down any great wide receiver, a quality that many of the best corners possess.

"Playing cornerback," Williams said when asked about his biggest strength on the field. "I can tackle and I can cover!"

"I like Champ Bailey a lot. He is versatile. He is not just a one dimensional corner."

"My favorite corner is Terence Newman. Terence Newman is fast. He can run and he cover. He makes alright tackles. Yeah, I like Terence Newman." Williams explained that he owes a lot to his teammate at Skyline for helping him get adjusted to the recruiting process.

"Keanon Cooper," Williams said quickly when asked who was showing him the ropes. "He taught me a lot."

"As far as the recruiting game is concerned he told me that they will tell you what you want to hear because they want you to come play for them, but you got to understand what you want in a college, where you want to go, and how far you want to go."

"He gave me a lot of advice and he really helped me out as far as the recruiting process is concerned."

He is looking forward to representing his high school in college and hopefully beyond.

"It is going to be fun. That is what it is going to be. I encourage guys to keep working hard and maybe next year they may walk in here and offer them. I like that I am going to get to represent Skyline in college, maybe even the pros…"

Williams racked up 53 tackles, broke up 10 passes, and three interceptions on his way to All-District honors as a junior in 2007.

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