It was the Tweet Heard Round the Stanford Nation.
"Might be the best visit ever
Those were the words typed by 2016 defensive lineman recruit Mike Williams. The 6-3, 285-pound recruit from All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas was in the Bay Area over the weekend. On Saturday he participated in the Junior Day at the Stanford campus before moving over to the East Bay on Sunday for the "The Opening," the Nike football camp.
Williams had nothing but good things to say about Stanford before heading on to the field to compete in the latest recruiting challenge.
"It was just crazy. You don't see things like that in Texas. Texas is big. Some stuff about Stanford you just don't see around the world. The academic portion, the facilities, the coaches, they all just sound educated, they all sound smart, they all sound passionate. I just like that."
Williams was very excited about the tour, and also said the coaches were excited about him.
"We visited almost the whole campus. We talked about academics. I talked with Coach Hart. We got into some schemes. We talked about football. We watched some film. Got him excited. Then we started working on the academic portion. Trying to start to get the application in and make sure I get in the school."
That is always the catch when being recruited by Stanford. You have to be able to compete at a high level both on and off the field. Williams says getting into school shouldn't be a problem for him, but the focus is just making sure everything is taken care of in advance and early.
"They just tell me I need to take my two AP classes and maintain the GPA I have. They aren't worried about me not getting in, they just want to make sure I do everything early so I can get in early and make sure my spot is secure."
While that makes it sound like Williams could easily become a Cardinal, not so fast. Williams isn't ready to commit to anything yet.
"I'm just waiting. Making sure I see everything I want to see before I commit."
Williams wouldn't give a timeline for a decision. Other than to say when he is ready, then he will be ready.
"I think I just get a vibe from a school if I like it. Sometimes you just get a bad vibe from people so you know that school may not be right for you. I just want to wait, have my mom talk about it, talk to everybody about it, make sure I see everything I want to see, do my research. then when I feel right I'll commit."
One concern for Williams could be the transition from Texas to California. As impressed as he was by his first ever visit to the Bay Area he knows it is a whole different world. Ty Montgomery was on campus Saturday and Williams said he had a good conversation with the former Cardinal wide receiver about the differences and the adjustments of going from the Dallas area to becoming a Stanford resident.
There is a lot of competition out there for the 4-star Scout recruit. At last check Williams holds offers from 38 schools including names like Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas.
Williams has spent most of the offseason recovering from a labrum tear. He was cleared to hit the field again on May 12th allowing him to compete at The Opening.
Always a selling point for Stanford is the academics. Williams won't commit to long term studies yet but he is thinking he'll be looking at something in business or pre-med.
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