After the Texas Longhorns hosted Stanford Cardinal defensive tackle commit Mike Williams on an official visit last weekend, the Fort Worth All Saints product announced on Monday evening that he will decide between three schools on National Signing Day:
Feb 3rd— Uncle Julio (@mike_williams52) January 26, 2016
For the emoji-impaired out there, that's Stanford, Texas, and the SMU Mustangs. So far, Williams hasn't taken an official visit to SMU, so it's hard to consider the Mustangs a serious contender. Stanford received an official visit from Williams on January 15.
The 6'2, 305-pounder was high on the Longhorns prior to making his original decision last July and has continued to express interest in Texas, as evidenced by his official visit and an unofficial visit back in November.
Pulling the Metroplex product away from Stanford is going to be a difficult task, however, as Williams made the decision largely for academic reasons -- as highly-regarded as Texas is as an academic institution, overcoming Stanford's advantage there is not easy.
The hope from the Longhorns perspective is that Williams decides at the last minute that he wants to remain closer to home, much as former Oregon commit PJ Locke did after picking up his offer just before National Signing Day early this year.
Texas currently holds one pledge at defensive tackle -- Destrahan (La.) product Gerald Wilbon -- but probably needs to land at least three total at the position, where depth is a concern moving forward after the Horns failed to sign a defensive tackle in the 2013 class, could not get 2015 signee Du'Vonta Lampkin to campus, and lost Hassan Ridgeway to the NFL Draft a year early.
Williams is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 335 player overall, the No. 35 defensive tackle, and the No. 52 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.