It seems like everybody is picking Dallas Skyline to win a state championship after falling just short last season. According to linebacker Isaiah Williams, anything less than the title will be considered a huge disappointment.
"There is a big target on my back as a senior. If I don't help take us to the promise land then it'll just be a bust. It's state or bust," Williams said. "I have to get the job done and take my team to that promise land. With me, Roderick Moore, Kerrick Huggins, Will Barrow, and Cedric Collins, I just don't see anybody scoring on our defense."
Over the summer, Williams has lost 10 pounds in order to make the move from defensive end to linebacker, which is where he projects to play at the next level.
Williams has been on SMU's radar for quite sometime, and defensive coordinator Tom Mason has told the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder that he would be a great fit at outside linebacker in his 3-4 scheme.
"I really like Coach Mason. He's really cool We've talked a lot about how I can fit into their defense," Williams said. "He told me I could play outside line backer even though I'm not your normal 6-foot-5 guy, but he likes my motor and thinks I'll be a good for his system."
If Williams were to choose SMU, he would have the opportunity to play with teammate Roderick Moore, who committed in May. Williams explained that it would be a great opportunity to keep the tradition of tenacious defensive play going.
"He's asked about it. I told him I was thinking about it," Williams said. "It would be really nice to play with a high school teammate because I would go in knowing someone. I've been trying to talk to Stephon Sanders since we played pee-wee football together so hopefully I can get in contact with him."
This spring, Williams was on the Hilltop for SMU junior day and really liked home feel and scenery on campus.
"I've seen the campus multiple times since we've played there, and I was there for junior day," Williams said. "I got to go up in the skybox, which was nice. The campus is really nice too. I got to tour it and see the students. I did like it. It was pretty nice for a college that's right down the road. Sometimes, it's like I really want to get away but other times it's like it wouldn't be bad playing down the street."
While there, the three-star prospect was also able to learn more about the academic programs offered at SMU. Williams went in aware of SMU's reputation and appreciates the value his degree would have.
"I want to major in business with a focus on real estate or criminal justice," Williams said. "I know whatever major I pick at SMU it would be top notch. I mean, who wouldn't want that on their resume? It's SMU."
Williams listed SMU in his top three along with Colorado and Kansas State, where he also has quite a few connections.
"With Kansas State, I really like the coaches. They make me feel at home on their campus. I have a couple of teammates up there so that's a plus," Williams said. "I've seen their schedule and its' getting stronger and they play in the Big 12. They sound like BCS contenders.
"With Colorado, my cousin played up there. Coach (Brian) Cabral reminisced about my cousin and said I could be like him. I've talked to my cousin too. The campus is pretty nice too. "
Williams has also been attracting interest from Texas A&M and Texas Tech but said if they offer ‘it may be too late.' Williams plans on taking official visits to Colorado, Kansas State and SMU this fall and will make a decision soon after.
Williams lists top three
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