Spalding senior Mike Williams had talked with his family and decided to wait to make a decision on his college football future until after making an official visit to Villanova next weekend.
Last Friday, Williams surprised his mother, Faith, when he ended a home visit with a pair of Villanova assistants by offering his oral commitment. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman coyly told defensive coordinator Billy Crocker and running backs coach Darrius Smith he’d need a Villanova hat for his National Signing Day ceremony before adding that he planned to sign with the Wildcats.
Williams, who originally committed to Maryland over the summer as an offensive lineman, picked Villanova over Boston College, James Madison and Hampton. He plans to play defense where he feels more comfortable, with the Football Championship Subdivision program.
“I was really relieved and happy to get everything set and figure out where I’ll spend the next four or five years of school,” said Williams, an honorable mention All-Met pick. “I could just take a breath of fresh air because of all that had happened through the recruiting process and not be worried about it anymore. It felt right and felt good, so I’m sticking with it.”
Williams had played mostly defense during his career at Spalding but logged most of his snaps on offense in the fall by necessity. He posted 10 total tackles and one blocked kick in limited defensive action for the Cavaliers, who finished 5-5.
Spalding Coach Brian Propst said Williams’s commitment to Maryland, which lasted about a week in June, did not work out because the Terrapins had offered him as an offensive lineman, and Williams hoped to play defense at the next level. But Williams said Thursday there were other factors involved in his de-commitment, though he declined to discuss them.
Williams said he was open to playing offense in college but glad he found a place where he will be able to focus on defense.
“Everybody has a position that they really like and work hard at crafting [their game] into something great,” Williams said. “Me saying ‘I’m a defensive tackle or defensive end,’ it’s the same thing as me saying, ‘I’m a quarterback’ or ‘I’m a running back.’ It’s just the position I want to work hard on.”