Surgery a success for future Coug RB

ONE OF THE PROSPECTS who was recently removed from the official visitors list for this weekend was WSU running back commit James Williams. Why, you ask? Because the future Coug has surgery on his injured ACL. So, how did it go?

Luckily for Williams, the surgery went according to plan and he can now shift focus to his rehabilitation. Williams went under the knife Thursday and was was happy to report on Twitter that he is going to be fine.

“Surgery was a success, now no more setbacks #letsgrind #WSU,” the future Coug posted.

Because of the surgery, Williams will not be making it to Pullman for the Apple Cup as originally planned. However, he told CF.C that his visit has been rescheduled for the weekend of Dec. 12. Riverside City College defensive end DeVante Wilson will also be in Pullman that weekend.

Williams, who chose Washington State over offers from Cal and Arizona, also told CF.C that his rehab will last about seven months, but he’s planning on arriving in Pullman in June for summer classes and off-season conditioning.

In a recent interview with CF.C, Williams said that despite his ACL tear, WSU coaches told him they would honor his scholarship, which was incredible news for him and his family.

“I’m grateful I committed when I did,” he said. “I feel blessed and I’m very happy because when the doctor told me I was done, it hurt. After I spoke with Coach Volero on the phone, I felt a lot better because I know this isn’t my last chance.

“Please believe I’m going to work harder than ever and I will come back stronger than ever and get to Wazzu and ball.”

It's easy to believe Williams when he says that. As much as a knee injury can be a setback for any football player, it's nothing compared to what Williams has already endured. He grew up in a rough section of Toledo where he knew two people who were murdered, and he and his family were homeless for a time after moving to California, according to a LA Daily News article. Williams, meanwhile, has gone on to become a honors student at Burbank High.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COUGAR RECRUITING FRONT:
  • In addition to the eight known official visitors for the Apple Cup, Washington State offensive line commit Noah Myers will take an unofficial visit to catch the game.

    “Going up to WSU for the Apple Cup, should be a good one #GoCougs #BeatUdub,” Myers posted on his Twitter account. The 6-5, 300-pounder, who committed to the Cougs on Aug. 9, took his official visit to Pullman in mid-September to watch the WSU victory over Portland State.

  • According to his Twitter account, class of 2017 Fontana, Calif., running back Stephen Carr picked up an offer from Washington State earlier this week. Carr, who is already ranked four stars by Scout.com, holds offers from UW and WSU. Carr joins wide receiver Osiris St. Brown, defensive end A.J. Epenesa, linebacker Anthony Hines, cornerback Darnay Holmes and defensive tackle Chuck Filiaga as known class of ’17 prospects with crimson offers.

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