Common Sense

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Aug 1, 2008


"LSU just seems like common sense," Chris Williams said. "If you play defense, you want to go to the number one defense in the country and that's LSU. Plus, they won the national championship last year. It's hard to turn that down. We're definitely on the same page. They are recruiting me the hardest and I have a good relationship with coach Bradley Dale Peveto..."

Chris Williams, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound three-star middle linebacker from Abilene, Texas, has a top choice and he could be pulling the trigger at anytime.

"I could make my decision soon or I may wait," Williams said. "I'm not sure right now."

One thing he is sure of is that LSU is his favorite. "I really have my mind set on LSU," he said. "I just haven't had a chance to go there yet, but right now I think there's like an 80 percent chance that's where I'll go."

Williams, ranked as the No. 22 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, says the Tigers now lead big over Oregon and Nebraska. All of his favorites have offered as well as Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, SMU, Houston and a few others.

"LSU just seems like common sense," he said. "If you play defense, you want to go to the number one defense in the country and that's LSU. Plus, they won the national championship last year. It's hard to turn that down."

He says the Tigers reciprocate his enthusiasm. "We're definitely on the same page," Williams stated. "They are recruiting me the hardest and I have a good relationship with coach (co-defensive coordinator) Bradley Dale Peveto. He's a good guy and he says that they would just put me in the middle and let me play."

Williams says the Tigers have everything he's looking for in a program. "I'd like to play for a team that is united and works for one goal," he said. "I'd also like to go where I'll have a chance to win a national championship."

The only camp that Williams had a chance to attend was Texas Tech's and he hasn't visited any of his favorites yet. "I couldn't really afford to go to all the camps and places I wanted to this summer," he said. "So I plan on taking visits during the season."

Besides LSU, Oregon and Nebraska are likely to get a trip from Williams.

"Oregon came on very late," he said. "But they came on strong. It seemed very random that they would even recruit me, but they are a great program and I've heard a lot of good things about them. They're obviously doing things right up there.

"Same goes for Nebraska," he said. "I've only heard great things about them. I guess more people showed up at their spring game than anywhere else.

"Plus, who wouldn't want to play for a coach like Bo Pelini," he said. "He's a great defensive coach and Nebraska is always known for their defense and linebackers."

Previously, Williams had mentioned liking programs like USC, Ohio State and Notre Dame, but none of them have offered. "I still like those schools, but I'm mainly looking at schools that have offered me and where I feel I could go and play," he said.

"If I had to make a decision before midnight, I don't want to be thinking about USC, Ohio State or Notre Dame because they haven't offered," Williams said. "It's not realistic. They are still recruiting me a little, but I'm not too concerned about that now. If they do offer I'll think about them again."

Williams says he's followed the NFL more than college, but plans on watching a lot of college football this season. "I really want to watch as many games as I can," he said. "I just want to check out the depth charts and watch their defense closely. I look for tendencies and see how the team acts on the field."

He says he plans to major in business and possibly minor in communications and reports a 3.3 core GPA and a 1200 SAT.



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