Recruiting: Longview DE Getting Loads Of Attention

Longview HS DE Cody Williams projects to be one of the top prospects in the state of Texas. He took some time to speak to Inside Texas about his interest in the Longhorns and his college recruitment.

Cody Williams currently holds three offers. "I have been offered by Texas A&M, Baylor, and SMU," the Longview DE told Inside Texas. "I don't have a leader right now. I'm taking into consideration all schools that offer me."

The big DE is being recruited by one of the newest members of the UT Coaching Staff, Running Backs Coach Ken Rucker. "Coach Rucker is a great guy," Williams said. "I really like him beyond just a coach. He has great moral values."

Williams has also spoken to UT Head Coach Mack Brown. "Coach Brown is just like Coach Rucker," he said. "He is a man of high stature and is an all-around great person."

The Longview standout has made many unofficial visits so far. "I have been on unofficial visits to Texas, North Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, SMU, LSU, and TCU," Williams said. His Texas visit came at one of UT's Junior Day's in early March. "The trip to Texas was great. I had a chance to tour the facilities and talk to Coach Rucker, Coach Chizik, and Coach Brown on not just a football level, but a personal level as well. They were straightforward with me about the chances of me receiving an offer and they told me exactly where I'd fit into the program. I really admired that."

Texas A&M is also giving Williams a lot of attention as they have already offered. Williams is being recruited by OL Coach Jim Bob Helduser. "Coach Helduser is a great guy and really laid out the plans as to how I'll fit into the defensive scheme," Williams said. "He told me that Texas A&M just doesn't want me, they need me on their team. That really stood out to me."

Williams has built a relationship with Texas A&M Head Coach Dennis Franchione as well. "Coach Franchione is a wonderful guy," he said. "Me and him talk a lot. We text message each other back and forth a good bit."

The big-time DE will be camping at two schools for sure this summer. "I'll be camping at Texas A&M and Texas for sure. I'm not sure about the rest."

What factors will play into his decision? "I want to go to a school with great academics, a good football program, and a school in a good environment. I also want to go to a school where I feel a bond with the coaching staff. That is important to me."

As a junior last season, Williams had 40 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 pass deflections, and more QB hurries than you can count on a Longview team that finished 12-1 in the extremely rugged Texas 5A Division and lost in the fourth round of the state playoffs. He also accomplished this while playing in a rotation with two other senior DEs. Williams is a candidate for the U.S. Army All-American Game. is the official selection partner for the annual contest in San Antonio.

Williams is qualified as he carries a 3.5 GPA and a 990 SAT score. He will also receive his ACT scores soon.

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