Williams on his Way to Being SMU's 1st Commit

Dallas Lincoln 2015 DB Cristian Williams has an SMU offer. Is he close to pulling the trigger?

The first offer for any high school athlete can be a big deal, but when you come from a single-parent home and it's from your hometown school, your recruitment is over.

Dallas Lincoln (TX) defensive back Cristian Williams got his first offer and that's it for him. The Lincoln product will be staying close to his mother, Vonda, and committing to SMU on Saturday.

"I was crying, just to be close to home," Williams said. "I'm in a single-parent home so just to be close to home, my mother and to go to a school like SMU it would be great."

Williams plays on both sides of the ball for Lincoln and for him it's been a lot of hard work and effort to land this offer. Williams couldn't stop him self from crying.

"Coach Tom Mason, I was actually in class, it was an email and I just read it, 'I hope you like SMU,' and all this stuff about offering," Williams said. "So my coach came in five minutes later crying and said, 'you just got your first offer,' and I didn't believe it at first."

It wasn't the first time he had heard from SMU's defensive coordinator, the two have been email buddies lately.

"He had came up to the school a couple months ago and I was emailing with him, but I've never sat with him in person, but this Saturday I will," Williams said. "I'm supposed to be meeting with the head coach and he's supposed to be showing me around the school."

Williams is set on SMU, answering with a resounding, "Yes," if it was the place for him, but Williams is looking forward to taking in sides of the campus he hasn't been able to see yet.

"I've only been to the field, but I've never really walked around," Willams said. "I'm just looking to see the environment and if it's somewhere I can stay for four years and would it be a good home for me."

Williams will also have to find a home at either receiver or defensive back. Mason hasn't eluded to where Williams will end up, but Williams likes contact so he'd rather be on the defensive side of the ball.

"I need to improve on my footwork and my coverage because I didn't get any picks this year, but last year I had two," Williams said.

Williams finished with over 80 tackles this past season and the Lincoln squad has been working on getting stronger and faster since they didn't have a spring game.

Baylor and Houston Baptist came by to visit Williams, but by that point he had already made up his mind.

"I told Baylor, SMU was the closest to home and it would really be a dream come true if I attended SMU because I'll be close to home with my mother," Williams said. "I need to be close to my mother. We're in the hood so I can't really go to far, but I'm trying to make it out."

Williams is listed as 6-0, 165 pounds with a self-reported 4.4 forty-yard dash.


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