The SMU coaching staff had a busy day last Wednesday, officially welcoming 22 of the newest members to the Mustang family.
While National Signing Day was a celebration and culmination of the coaching staff’s hard work over the course of the first two months on the job, it was also another day of recruiting for the staff.
After receiving all 22 letters of intent from their 2015 class, Chad Morris and the coaching staff hopped on the phone to speak with one of their top targets in the 2016 class, All Saints Episcopal defensive tackle Mike Williams.
The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Williams has kept in constant contact with the new staff since mid-January, but he was even more impressed to receive a phone call from them on such a busy day.
“It (the conversation) was energetic,” Williams said. “He (Coach Morris) wanted me to know that I have an offer and that he wants me there to be the leader of the class. He really wants to get that program rolling again.”
Williams is no stranger to the SMU campus, having visited “four or five times,” and the high school junior also plans on attending SMU’s junior day on February 21.
Junior days are nice opportunities for kids to start making impressions on coaches from that perspective school, but since Williams has already done that, he’s just excited for one thing.
“I’m just excited to see the coaches again,” Williams said.
Current SMU running back, and former teammate of Williams, Daniel Gresham is another reason the four-star defensive tackle continues to learn about the SMU program.
Gresham and Williams don’t talk a ton, but when they do, Gresham does a nice job of reminding him the Hilltop would be a great destination for him.
“He said he loves Coach Morris,” Williams said. “He said he would want me to come play there with him and Coach Morris. “
One this is for sure; the SMU coaching staff won’t just be handed the talented run-stopper’s talents.
Williams holds offers from SMU, Stanford, TCU, UCLA, Baylor, Texas, Michigan and Nebraska, among others, and Williams says he is hearing from Stanford, TCU, Illinois and Ohio State the most right now.
Williams also went on to say that his favorites at the moments are TCU, Stanford, Ohio State and Texas, but other coaching staffs will have the rest of spring and summer to make an impression on Williams, who plans to make his decision right around two-a-days.