A Different Direction

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Oct 13, 2008


Chris Williams admits that some schools that had initially offered him aren't really showing much interest anymore. "Schools like Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State…they offered and that's about it. Besides Nebraska and Oregon, there aren't really any other coaches that I'm talking to on a regular basis...I'm just playing the field and will see where that..."

Chris Williams, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound three-star middle linebacker from Abilene, Texas, has helped lead his team to a perfect 7-0 record with around 45 tackles and three blocked punts.

"I don't have any favorites yet," Williams said. "I'm just playing the field and will see where that takes me. I want to play for a good coaching staff and make sure that they'll be around for the next few years."

Williams, ranked as the No. 22 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, now denies a leader and says he's very open. During most of the summer, he favored LSU.

The only official visit he's taken is to Nebraska on Oct. 3 and the Huskers are recruiting him the hardest. "It was a great environment," Williams said. "It was amazing being in an environment like no other.

"They sell out every game and it was a lot of fun," he said. "It was a tough loss (to Missouri), but that doesn't affect my decision.

"Lincoln actually reminded me of my hometown," he said. "I felt very comfortable there and everything really just blew me away."

The other thing that the Huskers have going for them is coach Bo Pelini. "I really like what coach Bo is doing," Williams said. "It's only a matter of time before they really get going. They've got a great future ahead of them and I'd hate to play them in the next few years."

The next official visit that Williams plans on taking is to Oregon, but he doesn't have a date set yet. "Some Oregon coaches are coming to my school next Friday (Oct. 17) and we're gonna set up my official visit then.

"I really like Oregon because it's a good program," he said. "The defense is strong and I like the coaches a lot. They've been recruiting me a lot and seem real interested."

Williams admits that some schools that had initially offered him aren't really showing much interest anymore. "Schools like Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State…they offered and that's about it. Besides Nebraska and Oregon, there aren't really any other coaches that I'm talking to on a regular basis."

Another school that is no longer on his leader board is LSU, but Williams insists it isn't because the Tigers stopped recruiting him. "With some of the recent developments, we're no longer on the same page," he said.

"They're still recruiting me, but it's a lost subject," he said. "We're going in different directions and that's all I'll say about that."

Williams also liked Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC during the summer, but says that none are recruiting him anymore. "I don't think they are going to offer," he said. "That's okay with me. I'm not waiting on them."

Growing up, Williams followed Texas and admits the Longhorns have impressed him the most this season. "They are playing really well, but they aren't recruiting me, so there's no point in talking about them."

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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