"Nice Talk" Leads to Commitment

West Virginia's latest in-state commitment says that a good talk with a coach, coupled with his lifelong love of WVU, led him to pledge his services to the Mountaineers.

"I had a nice talk with Coach Stewart on Friday night, and then I thought about everything over the weekend," said Moorefield linebacker/tight end Reed Williams. "I've grown up being a WVU fan, and when I put that all together I felt like it was time to commit. I didn't get any pressure from the coaches. I knew everything there was to know about WVU, because I've been there a lot and from my brother playing there. I just felt really comfortable there."

Williams' brother is former Mountaineer lineman Justin Williams, who earned a scholarship to WVU and played a couple of seasons before deciding to give up football. Although that fact was viewed as a possible hindrance to WVU's recruitment of Reed, the rising senior said it was not a factor in the decision.

"I had been to Morgantown when Justin was playing, but even after he left football there weren't any hard feelings," Reed Williams noted. "I talked with him a lot about WVU, and about all the things that were good about the school. He helped me make the right decision."

The elder Williams has continued his academic career at WVU, and is just short of earning a degree. Reed said that his older brother may stay on and enroll in graduate school, but will also find time to help him on the football field.

"Justin is going to come over and help coach us some," Reed Williams said of their plans this fall. "He'll come over Friday night to help us, then go back to Morgantown for games the next day."

Of course, part-time coaching wasn't the only way Justin helped Reed develop.

"Growing up, I had him as an older brother and a couple of older cousins, and we played a lot of backyard football. We knocked each other around a lot, and I took my share of hits," Williams said with a laugh.

That experience, plus his life helping out on the family farm, is a big contributor to the toughness Williams believes he posseses. The farm which sports chickens (a given in the Moorefield area), as well as cattle and corn, often sees Reed Williams as a frequent worker on the spread.

"Fortunately, I don't have to do anything before school, but I do a lot of work, especially during the summer," Williams said. "Hay baling is tough, and helps keep you in shape, but building fences is even tougher. It's a good workout."

Completing the All-American picture is Williams' scholastic performance, which features a stratospheric grade point average that leaves no doubt as to his qualification status.

"I really don't have much choice in this house," said Williams, noting that his older brother is a good student and that his mother is a teacher. "I haven't thought about what I want to study in college - that's another big decision I have ahead of me."

On the field, Williams' attributes are apparent. He's a tough, physical player who has manned the middle linebacker position of defense throughout his career. He "loves to knock people down" but also professes the desire to catch and run with the ball in college.

"I like doing both," Williams said of his linebacking and tight end duties at Moorefield. "The coaches haven't talked to me yet about where I might start out, but I don't have a preference. I like hitting, and I like running with the ball, so wherever I start out is fine."

Williams' verbal completes a four for four sweep of WVU's early instate offers, and although the latest commitment said that the others' choice didn't play a big part in his decision, he admitted that it will be a nice story to watch.

"I haven't gotten the chance to talk with the others (Zac Cooper, Nate Sowers and Ryan Dawson) yet, but it's been a great recruiting year for us as in-state players," Williams observed. "I have played against Nate before, and we will scrimmage against each other in a few weeks, so I'm sure we'll talk a little bit then."

With his college decision out of the way, the three-time All-State selection says he has no intention of letting up.

"It is nice to get the decision out of the way, but I'll still be playing like I have something to prove," said the hard-hitting farmhand. "I want to try to shave a bit off my forty time (Williams currently checks in at 6-2, 235 pounds with a 4.7 40), and keep making big hits."

With his commitment to WVU, Williams has already achieved the latter goal in the eyes of Mountaineer fans.

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