With no offers on the table and limited interest from FBS schools, Khalil Williams was beginning to grow impatient with the recruiting process.
But on Tuesday, he received the news he was finally hoping for. SMU officially extended an offer to the FB Hightower athlete, who claims he was overwhelmed and ecstatic.
"My high school coach called me over and told me that SMU was offering. I was extremely excited about it," Williams said. "It's my first offer so it meant a lot to me. My interest in SMU now is really high because they noticed me before anyone else"
But Williams says he isn't extremely familiar with the program and has had very limited contact with the SMU coaching staff. However, SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips made an in-school visit last week.
"I got to talk to him for a little bit. He didn't say very much. I just introduced myself, and he told me they were interested," Williams said. "I had also emailed Coach (Tom) Mason, and he really liked my film."
Williams, who has received letters from Boise State, Iowa State and Tulsa, says he's looking for a school where the coaching staff really cares about its players and plans on making a decision this summer.
Williams has not made any visits this spring but does plan on attending SMU's camp on June 1 so he can get a better feel for the program. The fact that Mustangs extended an offer to teammate Matthew Adams this week also has Williams intrigued.
"We plan on going to the same school together," he said. "We're really close. Matthew is like a brother to me so we've really talked a lot about it. We're going to talk about SMU soon. But it's great that they offered both of us."
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder played a little bit of everything last year including wide receiver, punt returner and defensive back. But Williams believes his future at the next level is at safety.
"Safety is really my natural position. I actually didn't start playing wide receiver until high school," Williams said. "I think I can make an impact at a school like SMU because I have a good vertical, and I just make plays."
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