Lindale LB Williams Longhorn commit No. 23

The ripple effect of a wild weekend of speculation regarding the head coaching situations at Florida and Oklahoma spread from Gainesville to Norman to Lindale. Lindale?

Yep, even Lindale, the home of Michael Williams. That's future-Horn Michael Williams as of Sunday afternoon. The Texas top 50-caliber LB called Mack Brown and Duane Akina Sunday and committed to play football for UT after his mom returned from visiting the Forty Acres over the weekend.

"(Brown and Akina) were excited," Williams told IT Sunday night. "They said they would treat me like their son. We're already close knit."

Williams said that both Oklahoma, who received an early non-binding commitment from Williams, and Texas have great tradition, but the coaching uncertainty at OU finished off a Longhorn surge that started in late October when Williams decommitted from the Sooners to take an official visit to Austin. "I didn't want to go to a program not knowing who the coach was going to be next year," he said.

With that aside, though, two other factors ultimately proved to be the key to Williams' pledge to become a Horn, he said: his mom's visit to the Texas campus and his projected college position at each school.

"My mom went down and checked (UT) out, and like me, she liked the family atmosphere and she loved the academic part of it, too," Williams said.

"The Texas coaches told me I'll play outside linebacker," added the 6-4, 225-pounder with 4.5 forty speed. "That's another thing I like (about UT). At OU, they told me on first and second downs I'd play outside linebacker and on third down I'd play defensive end. I could probably play both, but I want to play one position."

Williams, who made official visits to UT, OU, Tech and A&M during the fall, said he had been thinking about tripping to USC this coming weekend but that he probably would not head to SoCal now that he has verballed to Texas.

Asked if a Bob Stoops' decision to stay at Oklahoma would affect his school choice decision, Williams said, "Right now, I think (my commitment) is a done deal."

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