Let's Ride: No. 15

It’s been a rough week for Charlie Strong and his program but the Longhorns got some good news Thursday night.

Three-star offensive tackle Connor Williams (Coppell, Texas) tweeted out that he has committed to Texas, and then later told HornsDigest.com about his decision.

“I knew today that I was going to commit,” said Williams, the No. 36 tackle in the country. “I’ve been calling all the coaches from the other schools, letting them know that I was going to commit to Texas. I have been keeping in touch with [Joe] Wickline and just told Charlie Strong right now. I’ll be graduating early and enrolling in January.”

Williams is Texas’ 15th commitment in 2015 and its first since four-star defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin (Houston/Cy Falls) committed on July 28.

He is the fifth offensive linemen in this class along with three-star Garrett Thomas, four-star Toby Weathersby, three-star Ronnie Major and four-star Patrick Vahe.

“Coach Strong said that he was telling Wickline today that they really wanted and needed me on board,” Williams said. “It really came down to Texas, Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, Georgia and Ohio State.”

In the end, though, the opportunity to work with Wickline, one of the top offensive line coaches in the country, was too much to pass up.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “We have a great relationship and I think he is going to take me to a great place.”

Williams is the first bit of good news this week for a Longhorns program that learned they would be without starting quarterback David Ash for an undisclosed period of time, starting center Dominic Espinosa for the season, and starting tackles Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle for the BYU game and possibly longer.

Williams, for one, is a fan of how Strong is running the program.

“I like how if you don’t get on board he’ll give you a chance, but if you don’t take advantage of it you’re gone,” Williams said. “He’ll give you all the chances in the world.”

Williams is one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the state having played basketball growing up and tight end last year for Coppell.

Texas, he said, is recruiting him as a tackle.

“I’ve know it was Texas for some time,” Williams said. “They are just headed in the right direction. I love Strong’s mentality and the direction he is taking this team. I love the program and I’m excited.”

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