The beginning of June has seen a flurry of activity on the SMU recruiting front.
After seven commitments in a matter of days, Dallas Lincoln defensive back Cristian Williams became the eighth player to commit to the Mustangs for 2015.
For a player who moved to Dallas from New Orleans, the decision was a no-brainer.
"I really like the environment, the atmosphere, the way coach (Tom) Mason talked to me and stayed in touch with me," Williams said. "It felt like home when I visited there and it's close to home, where my mother stays in Dallas so I really like it."
Williams received his SMU offer two weeks ago and ecstatic at the news.
"When I got it I was so happy. The fact that I got an offer that was close to my mother's home and on the level of SMU, to get an offer from a program like that was a blessing," Williams said. "(Mason and I) spoke every other week about making it to campus and then like two weeks ago I was sitting in class and I got a call and I check my email and he said I was about to be a Pony. I was so happy."
Williams, who also plays strong safety, put off his commitment until visiting the SMU campus.
"It's just so beautiful and everyone was so welcoming. They already knew I was about to be an SMU commit so they kept saying, ‘Proud Pony,' and stuff like that," Williams said. "The weight room was really nice. I got to meet a couple of the coaches but school was out so I'm supposed to go up there tomorrow to meet the actual players."
Williams, who stands at 6-feet and 172-pounds, did not hesitate when asked trait separates him from other players.
"Aggressiveness," Williams said. "I'm very aggressive. I love the game of football and I play with a passion and I play for my team. I've never let a teammate down. And everyone can see I'm very excited to be on the football field."
This summer Williams is working on increasing his strength and speed both with his team and on his own.
"I run hills every morning, five in the A.M., before I go to school and after that I workout with my team in the weight room after school every day. I make sure I'm the first person and the last person in there," Williams said. "I'm basically a captain of the team, been on varsity for four years, so I try to set the tone."