In an announcement on Monday carried by 247Sports, Pearland Shadow Creek linebacker Anthony “Deuce” Williams committed to the Texas Longhorns.
The 6’3, 190-pounder chose Texas over finalists Auburn, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Oregon while also holding offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Nebraska, Ole Miss, TCU, and Texas Tech, among others. The Longhorns offered Williams back in July and hosted him for multiple visits throughout this recruitment.
“The coaches for sure,” Williams told Inside Texas regarding why he chose Texas. “Everyone just talks about how good the school is and how the football team is, but the coaches are the main thing that stand out to me. Even though my guy coach (Jeff) Choate is leaving, I still have great relationships with the coaching staff so that’s why I feel like they stand out to me the most.”
The projection of Williams to college depends on how he matures physically — he’s the size of a nickel back right now and could play a hybrid role similar to Morice Blackwell since he doesn’t have a frame that appears likely to add 30 pounds of muscle.
Ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, Williams is the No. 431 player nationally and the No. 45 linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Williams is the fourth member of the 2025 recruiting class for the Longhorns, which now ranks No. 12 nationally.