Burbank (Calif.) running back James Williams didn't plan on making an early commitment but in recent weeks, he had a change of heart and decided to pull the trigger on Tuesday.
"I just committed to Washington State," Williams said. "Honestly, I was starting to get stressed out about the recruiting process and I just wanted to get it out of the way. The only way I would commit early is if I really felt good about a school and with Washington State, it was a great fit.
"They were recruiting me harder than anyone else and I have the best relationship with their coach staff. Coach Volero is my recruiting coach and then I talk to Coach Mastro, the RB coach as well. Coach Leach is a great guy too and one of the best coaches around and in the end, that was big for me."
"Arizona had offered a few other backs so it came down to Cal and Washington State," Williams said. "Washington State told me I was their top guy and if I committed, they wouldn't recruit any other backs. That was huge for me and another reason why I wanted to jump on the offer now.
"I talked to Coach Mastro last night and I have a really good connection with him already. Then today, I called up Coach Volero and told him I was ready to commit. He was really excited and I'm supposed to call Coach Leach tonight. I'm so excited and relieved and feel a big weight off my chest. We have a good class coming in and I'm looking forward to being the class that turns the program around."
Williams rushed for over 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore and another 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns this past season. At 5-10, 180 pounds, he runs hard and is more physical than his size would dictate. He's more quick than fast but has worked hard to improve his top end speed and is a very good looking prospect.