Visit Prompts Quick Commitment

For a long time, Pernell Williams was sold on playing in the Big Ten conference. It only took one trip to West Virginia, however, to convince him that the Mountain State was the place for him to pursue his college career.

"I took a visit to West Virginia last Sunday, and everything just clicked," Williams told "The coaches were down to earth, I really liked the campus, and the academics seemed like a really good fit for me."

Williams, who is interested in a coaching or education major, said that WVU's recruiting process was complete, from academics to athletics. Those factors, plus the straightforward approach from the coaching staff, were enough to make him commit to West Virginia.

At a solidly built 5-11 and 192 pounds, Williams plays both offense and defense, but expects to start out on the offensive side of the ball at West Virginia. His defensive ability isn't shabby either, however, as he is also a standout performer at safety.

"On defense, I think my aggressiveness and willingness to attack the ball are my strengths," the reserved Williams said. "And on offense, I'm a hard runner. I go for every extra yard I can get."

Williams is a quick back with good feet and speed. He runs a 4.4 forty yard dash, and has good vision up field, which enables him to hit holes hard, bounce outside, and keeping going up field.

In just eight games last year, Williams ran for 900 yards and nine touchdowns at Chaminade-Julienne High School, but will attend and play for Dayton Jefferson High School this year as a senior. He was a varsity starter at Chaminade from his freshman year year through the eighth game of his junior season before transferring to Jefferson.

That switch has caused a big drop off in William's rankings by several recruiting services, but it didn't stop West Virginia from evaluating him on his own merits.

"The move affected me a lot," Williams siad softly, but with more than a trace of intensity. "I fell down in the rankings of a lot of people. But West Virginia stayed with me, and that didn't bother them. That meant something to me."

Williams has a core GPA of "around 2.5" and an ACT score of 21, which puts him solidly into qualifying mode. He was recruited by Bruce Tall.

In addition to WVU, Michigan State and Cincinnati both made offers to Williams.

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