Red Raiders offer junior LB

When you're a special talent, the recruiting game can start very early. That is exactly the case with Abilene High School standout Chris Williams. The junior linebacker attended one of Texas Tech's mini camps this summer and was so impressive, the Red Raiders are already planning on offering him a full scholarship. RaiderPower caught up with the elite prospect to get his thoughts on Texas Tech.

Chris Williams out of Abilene HS is a unique talent. The 6'1, 215 pound linebacker will only be a junior next season, but he has already garnered attention from some of the top programs in the country.

After attending a camp at Texas Tech, the Red Raider coaches were so impressed that they spoke with Abilene head coach Steve Warren and told him that they will be offering Williams a full scholarship.

"College coaches can't officially offer these kids until September 1st, but they verbally indicated to me that Chris will be getting a scholarship," said Coach Warren. "He's a very explosive player and he had a great camp up there in Lubbock."

Texas Tech currently has 3 former Abilene standouts on roster in QB Taylor Potts, RB Kobey Lewis, and WR Lyle Leong. Williams is very familiar with these guys and likes the idea of potentially playing with them as a Red Raider.

"I was a freshman when those guys came through," explained Williams. "I always looked up to them. I actually played Pop Warner football with Lyle (Leong) and Kobey (Lewis). It would be fun to play with those guys again."

With the talent that he possesses, Williams will be recruited by several of the top programs around the country. What does he think about leaving West Texas and possibly playing out of state?

"Distance is not a big factor for me," said Williams. "Whatever place is the best for me in the long run, that's where I want to go. I really want to play at the next level. I'll be looking at that when deciding on a school. A school that has a good track record for putting linebackers in the NFL is something I will look at."

Although it may take time before Williams decides on a school, once he does he said he will stick with his decision.

"I don't have a specific time frame on when I would like to commit. I want to wait until I'm 100% sure first before I do though. I don't want to be one of those guys who changes his commitment every month."

Williams plays linebacker for the Abilene Eagles and is also used at times in short-yardage running situations. At the collegiate level, he is projected to play inside linebacker by most scouts.

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