Williams Talks Oklahoma Official

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we caught Oklahoma defensive line target Damon Williams from Irving, Texas. He talked about his official visit.

When it comes to the recruiting process, Irving (TX) Nimitz defensive tackle Damon Williams wants to make sure he has all of the facts from as many places as possible before making a decision.

With one visit behind him to Texas Tech earlier this season, Williams took in another Big 12 school this weekend for official visit No. 2.

"I went to Oklahoma this past weekend and I enjoyed my time," Williams said.

Many times, athletes prefer to take their officials during the season so that they would be able to take in the game day environment. But that was not the case for Williams.

Instead of wanting to catch the Sooners on the field, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Williams actually wanted to see things from another perceptive.

"I really did not want to come while there was a game going on. I wanted to see what they (Sooner team, coaches) do outside of the game," Williams said. "You know, get a good lock behind the scenes. I wanted to see a lot more of that."

And that's what he got. With Adrian Taylor and Gerald McCoy guiding him through the weekend, he definitely got an overall feel in the life of a Sooner player.

Since there was no game this week, Williams got to take in some practice times and had quite a few observations.

"I can say that the practice was up tempo, but I like what I saw," Williams said. "I feel like I can get with this type of program even though I am not used to a practice like that. With the D-Lineman, they worked a lot on the first step. Gerald McCoy was impressive out and he was helpful also.

"He was letting me know about the different drills and telling me what stuff was."

Also, Williams got some one on one time with the coaches he would be interacting with on a regular should he decide that Oklahoma is the place for him. 

"I got to talk a lot with (assistant) coach (Jackie) Shipp. I had a lot of different impressions of him," Williams said. "He seems like the kind of coach who is really there for you. Kind of like, he really wants to see me get better and do well. That's what I felt."

And coach Bob Stoops?

"Very down to earth and a cool man. He didn't seem like the type who was uptight or anything," Williams said. "He is humbled and real. It's like what you see is what you get."

Williams is being recruited for the defensive tackle position, playing the three-shade and/or sometimes nose tackle as well. In his final season at Nimitz, Williams had 95 tackles, 5.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries.

Next up for Williams is Kansas for December 18-20, then Arkansas for January 8-10. Both are official visits. He is also in talks with Minnesota trying to get something set up for an official.


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