Following an official visit over the weekend, Baton Rouge (La.) Dunham School jumbo athlete Michael Williams opted to end his recruitment in favor of the Texas Longhorns on Monday afternoon:
Williams committed to Texas over offers from Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, among others. The Volunteers were a serious contender in his recruitment after hosting Williams on an official visit last week, but the Longhorns made a bigger impression. Home-state LSU was also in the mix until filling up along the defensive line.
A high school quarterback, Williams projects along the defensive line in college, giving embattled position coach Oscar Giles his second important recruiting win in the last three days. And though it may take some time for Williams to adjust to his new position, his upside is similar to that of Malcolm Roach, another small-school prospect from the Boot.
A 6’2, 240-pound prospect, Williams is ranked as the nation’s No. 992 player, No. 81 athlete and the No. 41 player in Louisiana, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He joins the defensive line class with Independence (Mo.) William Chrisman edge rusher Daniel Carson and Houston Westfield defensive tackle Keondre Coburn, further bolstering what’s already the nation’s No. 3-ranked recruiting haul.
Williams commitment also gives Texas its eighth out-of-state addition this cycle, further complementing what’s proven to be a dominant recruiting effort throughout the Lone Star State, as well.
Tom Herman’s first full recruiting class in Austin now consists of 19 signees and four pledges, and Texas remains in the mix with several other key prospects.