Thus, it was the senior Williams who explained to The Bootleg and Stanford fans the steps that led to a parting of the ways between the Cardinal and one-time commit Devin Williams, and what comes next for his son.
"It was a situation where there were some coaching changes made out there, and he was a recruit of Pep Hamilton," Lavon Williams said. "They wanted him to come back out. They thought he was going to grow into the linebacker size they wanted, but he's going to play safety at the next level.
"They wanted him to come back to camp and take a look at him, but as a family, we thought we'd take a look at other options."
These new options have a heavy academic focus.
"It's an exciting time for him to be taking a look at some other schools," Lavon Williams said of his son. "Devin took a trip and visited Harvard, Yale, Boston College, and we're going to be going down to visit Wake Forest, Duke and Stanford in June. And he added Cal to his list, so we're going to camp at Cal as well.
"Academics is the priority. He's a kid with a 4.5 GPA who wants to major in engineering. He wants to make the best choice as far as the school is concerned for the next 40 or 50 years for his life. This just gives him the opportunity to dive in once he finishes robotics and all of that, dive in and dissect the schools he wants to take a look at.
"Princeton is on the list. Ivies. Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia. He understands that it's still Division I football, and it's what he's going to do with his life over next 40 years that's very important, and not make a decision on a school based on what bowl they're going to or what color their uniforms are. He's going to make a solid decision on the school that best fits him first academically and then deal with the football side of it. But at the end of the day, if he gets hurt in college and can't play another down of football, he has to be happy with what he's doing academically and even after college, networking and things like that."
Astute readers will correctly notice that Williams will be back at Stanford in June (in the middle of the month for a multiday contact football camp), and infer that, if the Cardinal do like what they see then, Williams could end up back on the Farm after all.
"Stanford is definitely way up there on the list, but it's just a good segueway right now," the senior Williams said. "With him committing so early, things just happened in a way where it's now a good opportunity to take a look at other schools.
"They still like him. They want to see him at the safety position, so that's what he's going to do. There's still a chance he'll end up at Stanford. Definitely."
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