Red Raiders Hoping to Land Chris Williams

Abilene High LB Chris Williams was in Lubbock over the weekend to take in the minicamp and get a tour of the campus. One of the top LB prospects in Texas, Williams is being recruited very hard by the Red Raiders' coaching staff, who believe he would be a huge addition to the aggressive, fast-paced defense Ruffin McNeill has installed. RaiderPower caught up with Williams to get the latest.

Chris Williams, an extremely talented linebacker out of Abilene High, has been on Tech's recruiting radar from the beginning. The Red Raiders were the first school to offer Williams, and he's been to Lubbock multiple times. He came down for another unofficial visit last weekend during Tech's minicamp, and once again, he was impressed with what he saw.

"My visit was good," Williams told us. "I didn't suit up to do anything, just hung out with the coaches and some other players who have committed to Tech or are considering Tech.

"I have been to Tech quite a few times, but I finally got to see the academic center and the press box, which were really nice. I also saw the apartments that the football players live in, but I've actually been to those before too because I know some players on the team and have visited them."

In addition to touring the facilities and taking in the camp, Chris sat down with head coach Mike Leach and defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill.

"I talked to Coach Leach. He's a crazy dude. I'd already seen his card tricks. But he showed Terrence [Bullitt] and his family a wizard trick. I caught onto it pretty quick though.

"I was able to talk to pretty much all of the coaches. I talked with Coach McNeill, and he really wants me to come to Tech. I think he'd do anything that was within the rules to get me to commit. He told me about how the defense has been playing real good and that he really sees me playing a big role there in the future."

What does Williams feel he would bring to the table if Texas Tech is the school he chooses?

"I definitely think I could bring back some of what the defense had when they had Slay and Zach Thomas. I'm not saying I'm that kind of player exactly, but I definitely think that I could get help get the defense at Texas Tech to where they want to be."

As far as favorites, Williams has narrowed down his list some, but he's in no rush to make a decision.

"I would say my favorites are LSU, OU, Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Missouri, but not necessarily in that order. I'm just taking recruiting as it comes. I'm not in any rush to decide, because I feel like it's a decision that could change at any moment, so there's no point in making a commitment somewhere and then changing my mind later."

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