Williams went with his father to practice at Washington Sunday, and that’s where he verbally committed to the Huskies over scholarship offers from Oregon, Utah, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Northwestern, and San Jose State - among others.
“It’s an unreal feeling,” Williams said of his commitment. “I’m not sure it’s going to fully set in until I’m done with school. In a way it feels like a weight has been lifted, but it was never a bad weight.
“I’m excited to get started and help bring a championship back to UW.”
In an ideal scenario, Williams wanted to make his commitment official before the start of his senior season, and that’s how it played out.
“I had a timeline set for the end of the summer and it could have been any time until then - I was ready for that time. It’s just another thing off my mind going into the season.
“Ultimately it was the place where I belonged and where I fit in. They have a great staff, it’s a great city and a great program. I belong there.
“The whole change in attitude is real. I’ve been around there a lot and saw it with Sark (former UW coach Steve Sarkisian), and it’s changed. I’ve seen it and I feel it.”
Williams plays both ways for Tahoma, most notably at quarterback, but he also plays defensive end for the Bears. The Washington coaches love his potential on defense.
“They’ve been telling me they see me as a BUCK linebacker for the last year, and I’m comfortable with that if that’s where they see me,” Williams said.
Currently at 210 pounds, Williams is certainly slimmer than the 235 pounds he played at last season for Tahoma. “I tried to lose some bad weight, and I plan on going back up with good weight soon,” he said.
Williams was only able to take unofficial visits to Washington and Oregon before making his final decision. He also plans on graduating early from Tahoma and enrolling at Washington in time for off-season workouts in January.
With his father in tow, Williams said his family backed his decision 100 percent. “They were going to support me no matter what, but they’re very happy that I’m staying close,” he said.
Williams just completed the Northwest 9 competition put on by Barton Football Academy and Northwest Elite Index. The camp was designed to bring the top Northwest talent together in one last elite setting before high school football begins. He worked out at quarterback.
“It was definitely a cool experience,” Williams said of the four-day event, which took place at Northwest University in Kirkland. “There was a lot of talent there and it was definitely cool to compete with guys I’ve gotten to know. I learned a lot and it was a lot of fun.”