Aggies Get Their Man

A name that may have been unheard of in Aggie fan recruiting circles was obviously not foreign to the Aggie coaching office, and that name is LaKendrick Williams. While most of the position coaches want a piece of them, Williams at least assured them that he will be somewhere, playing in maroon and white.

When Sharpstown athlete Lakendrick Williams was offered by the Texas A&M coaching staff last week, he said the only thing standing in the way of verbal commitment was a visit to College Station and his mother who wanted to meet the staff before giving her blessing. Well, mom and her son made the two hour drive yesterday after school to meet with the staff. Did mom give him the thumbs-up on the Aggies?

"After we met with the coaches she looked at me and asked what I wanted to do," Williams said. "I told her I wanted to be an Aggie, and she said she wanted me to be an Aggie. So I committed."

Williams and his mother met with academic counselors and most of the coaches from the staff, but the highlight for the 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedburner was meeting with head coach Mike Sherman.

"I was so impressed with Coach Sherman. He's an NFL guy and he's a great evaluator of talent," Williams said. "I'm honored that he thinks I can be a playmaker at Texas A&M."

So what is it about Williams' ability that has the A&M coaching staff so excited about the diminutive Houston area athlete?

"They said they like my flexibility to produce anywhere on the field. The defensive backs coaches said they want me as a DB. The running backs coach said he wanted me to run the ball. The offensive coordinator would like to see me at receiver," Williams said. "When I talked to Coach Sherman, he wants me to win the returner position right away, and then they would figure out where they will play me. He said that he'd like to see me with the ball in my hands because I'm so quick and explosive."

Certainly, the returner job is one that the staff wants Williams to win. A&M has had difficulties in recent years finding a playmaker on kickoffs and punts. As a junior, Williams returned an amazing 11 kicks for touchdown including a 108-yarder that is in the Texas schoolboy record books. While many schools such as Oklahoma State, Missouri, Baylor, and TCU were showing significant interest in the playmaker, the fact that the Aggies didn't hesitate with an offer made a huge impression.

"Oklahoma State and Missouri were recruiting me hard but said they needed more time because they were concerned about my height," Williams said. "Texas A&M never hesitated. They know I can make things happen on the field and were excited to recruit me."

Williams says the recruiting process is over for him with his commitment yesterday. He plans to attend the Aggies' spring game in April and hopes to spend as much time as possible at his future collegiate home.

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