A two-way standout player for Proctor Academy, an Andover, New Hampshire boarding school, Harris Williams has thought highly of Stanford for years.
"Stanford had been his dream school as long as I had known him," Reid said of Williams.
In addition to his four offers, Williams also attracted interest from Maryland and Ivy League schools, but once he got his Stanford offer, it was an easy choice for Williams to end his recruitment early.
"Williams thought, ‘Why would I keep looking around for schools, if I can go to where I wanted to go in the first place?'" Reid said. "He's not the type of kid to jerk a lot of people around and try to collect offers like baseball cards. He got what he wanted – he wanted to go to Stanford from day one.
"When he got the Stanford offer, he and his family discussed it and went to look at a couple other schools just to make sure. They visited an Ivy League school because they wanted to compare the academics and the football, and they decided that Stanford was the right place."
With that said, if Williams was the type of player who wanted to wait until National Signing Day to raise his recruiting profile, Reid is confident his prized pupil would receive attention from more colleges.
"We only sent out a handful of films because he wanted to keep it to either the Ivy Leagues or maybe some big-time schools," Reid said. "He had a list of schools he wanted to send film out to, and we kept it pretty small based on what he wanted to do. I feel pretty positive he would have been picked up by somebody, based on what he did his junior year, being at a boarding school where there's some pretty good players in our league."
Williams was recruited by Stanford co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Ron Lynn to play either defensive tackle or offensive guard.
"They offered him as both a defensive tackle or as an offensive guard and they're going to let him make up his mind when he goes there, as to which side of the ball he'll play on," Reid said. "If the first position he tries works out, great, and if not, they'll move him. I personally think he'll probably be best as a guard."
Williams would seem to have the size, strength, and work ethic to play either side of the ball.
"I was with Harris at a Junior Day at another school, they measured him right in front of me and he was 6-foot-4, 291," Reid said. "I know he was in the neighborhood of 500 on the squat and his bench is a little over 300. He's just a big physical kid who's only going to get bigger. And he loves to work out - he's a diehard in the weight room."
In a small boarding school community like Proctor Academy where students and teachers get to know each other well, Williams has been a model citizen.
"Harris has a great work ethic and is a very hardnosed kid," Reid said. "If you see him around campus, he's very soft spoken and well-mannered - just the type of kid you want on your campus. Being a boarding school, we all live together here and all the teachers love him. But on the football field it's like he's going into a street fight."
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