The West Virginia football program is on a recruiting roll as for the third time in the last 14 days, they’ve gotten a commitment from a highly rated player.
Monday afternoon, 4-star running back Justin Williams announced that he was committing to West Virginia. Williams is from East Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia and is rated by Rivals as one of the Top 200 overall players in the Class of 2022.
Before committing to WVU, Williams received offers from Arkansas, Duke, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Missouri, Nebraska, NC State, Pitt, South Florida, Tennessee, USC and Vanderbilt.
“Today really means a lot to me,” Williams tells West Virginia Sports Now. “It’s another step, another accomplishment towards my end result of getting to the highest level of football, which is where I want to eventually end up. This is all a process so accomplishing my goal of getting to play major college football is huge and I’m every excited for it and this is very important for me.”
Williams (5’11”, 205) made official visits to Nebraska (June 4), West Virginia (June 11) and Louisville (June 18) and after taking time to think about all his options, he determined that West Virginia would be best for his future.
“West Virginia was best for me because of the coaching staff, their style of offense and the relationships that I was able to build with the players I met on the visit. I felt an instant brotherhood especially with the players that are already on the team. Honestly, it felt like love with all of the love that they showed me.”
“The official visit meant a lot and made a huge difference for me,” said Williams. “I felt the love from the coaches and it felt genuine. Getting to meet the academic staff, the players, seeing the facilities, it really had a big impact on me. It’s so hard to make a decision like this over the phone but seeing everything give you a feel for the place and I just immediately got that gut feeling.”
Williams tells West Virginia Sports Now that another huge factor for him is the style of the Mountaineers offense. He describes himself as a player with great vision and speed that excels in catching the ball out of the backfield.
“Having a back that can run the ball is nice but when he’s also able to catch the ball from out of the backfield, it makes him two times better and doesn’t need to ever come off the field,” said Williams.
— JUSTIN WILLIAMS AKA J-WILL (@akajwill) May 18, 2021
Williams becomes WVU’s 12th commitment in their Class of 2022 and their third 4-star recruit, joining cornerback Jacolby Spells and quarterback Nicco Marchiol. Neal Brown and his staff have a ton of recruiting momentum right now and it’s something Williams can sense.
“I’m super excited because we’re building something really special. All I got to say is stay tuned because more are coming shortly. We’re building something big.”
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— JUSTIN WILLIAMS AKA J-WILL (@akajwill) July 5, 2021