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Aggies land TE commitment
Norman North High School (OK) athlete K.J. Williams left the Texas A&M campus committed to the Aggies.
"I really liked A&M when I came down for their camp in June," Williams said. "I wanted to see the players I'd be coming in with in this class. You always want to join a great class, so I was looking forward to seeing them in action and seeing the chemistry of the players."
Williams elaborated on what motivated him to finally pull the trigger and commit to the Aggies.
"Tommy Dorman and Cody Green are great quarterbacks. We were on the same page all day, and I can see myself catching balls from both those guys," Williams said. "So when Tommy told me he had already committed to A&M, I said "wow". It all felt right and my mom really likes the staff and the university so I did it (committed)."
And getting the approval from mom was a pretty tough task, and one that certainly helped the Aggies in the end.
"I'm hard to please. I'm sure K.J. will tell you that," William's mom Jerilyn said. "But I thought the A&M staff and what they had to offer was very impressive. They were very professional and above-board in their discussions with us. The academics and one-on-one support is excellent, and they allow players to pick their major and curriculum. I was comfortable with the student housing and everything is well-organized."
The blue chip prospect and his mom have had to overcome tragedy and obstacles over the past few years. K.J.'s father was tragically killed in a traffic accident, leaving the two to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward.
"I'm so proud of K.J. He held strong through it all and kept his grades up," Jerilyn said. "He's made it very easy for me as a mother. He's good and doesn't get into trouble."
K.J. works at his mom's children's learning center, and has been a mentor to younger children at the center who have lost their fathers prematurely.
Williams has just recently seen his stock rise after impressive performances as a tight end at the Nike Camp and then again down at the A&M camp. He previously had been flying under the radar screen due to his family moving from Louisiana to Oklahoma and sitting out his sophomore season along with a switch to defensive end last season.
"I played quarterback and mostly offense in Louisiana. Then when I moved to Norman North (High) they moved me to defensive end," Williams said. "But I worked out at tight end at the Nike camp and at A&M, and they really liked me there and that's where I want to play."
While it was the chemistry and camaraderie of this weekend that pushed Williams over the edge on his commitment, there were other reasons that the 6-foot-4, 235-pound liked Texas A&M.
"The player's dorms at the Callaway Villas are top of the line and I really like the new indoor practice facilities," Williams said. "Also the pride of the fans is something you don't see at other places. They love their football."
Williams chose the Aggies over other Big 12 schools Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska.
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