Williams out of St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif., is a Coug.
“I committed to Washington State last night, but waited to announce until tonight,” Williams said. “I’ve always wanted to go to WSU. They were one of the first colleges to look at me. I remember when I was 10, I was watching one of their games because my cousin’s girlfriend actually went there. I’ve liked them ever since.”
So, what kind of player did WSU just land in Williams? Ask Biggins and he'll tell you WSU just got quite a steal.
"Williams is a major sleeper who is really coming on this off-season," Biggins told CF.C. "He's very good in coverage, plays well in space and is a big hitter who plays with a nice edge to him. He's an extremely smart kid as well, a natural leader who is loved by his coaches and teammates. He works hard off the field and is only scratching the surface of how good he can be in a few years.
"He started as a junior as a weakside 'backer for the Braves' state championship team but was looked at as somewhat of a tweener. He has grown physically and is now a rock solid 6-2, 210 pounds and can run."
WILLIAMS SAID the Cougars have been recruiting him for a couple of months now, with future position coach Manning running the efforts.
When you speak with most recruits, they'll tell you Manning is quite the character, who knows how to connect with a prospect. This was exactly the case for the newest Cougar pledge.
“We’ve got a really strong relationship,” Williams said. “We talk almost every day. I spoke with him last night to let him know that I wanted to commit. He was very excited.
“I like his personality. He has a great character. There’s a bond we have right now, but I think it will only get stronger once I get up there. He’s really a great dude."
In addition to WSU, the future Cougar ‘backer held an offer from Boston College. Last season, he missed several games for St. John Bosco with a hip flexor and a concussion. He still managed to post 33 tackles (22 solo) as a junior.
Now, he’s back to full strength and is ready to have a big senior season before heading to the Palouse.
“The coaches like me as an outside linebacker and they think I have big upside,” Williams said. "I know how to use my feet and I can cover. I’m just a playmaker. I fly to the ball. (WSU fans) can expect a very committed and hardworking player.”
Williams has yet to visit the WSU campus, but said he’s planning on taking an unofficial visit to Pullman at some point this summer.
“This is a dream come true for me,” he said. “Now, I know my mom and dad don’t have to pay for me to go to college. It seems like they’re more excited than I am. I’ve always wanted to play in the Pac-12 and I decided I’m serious about this and WSU is where I want to go. They run the same defense as St. John Bosco. Overall, this is a good fit for me.”