Devin Williams knows a lot can change in the next three years. He can grow a lot, or not as much as he expects. He might become a terrific linebacker, or maybe he’ll settle in at safety.
The one thing the rising sophomore at St. John’s is certain about is he wants to play college football at Stanford. After attending a camp there last weekend, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Williams orally committed to the Cardinal, proving that it’s never too early to start thinking about the Class of 2014.
Williams, who spent last school year at St. Stephens/St. Agnes, turned 15 in March, and said he has long had an interest in Stanford. When he visited the campus, he met with academic advisors, and saw that no matter what subject he eventually plans on studying – engineering, veterinary, or something else – he knows he’ll be able to do it there, while also playing top-tier football.
“Before I got the [verbal] offer and went to their camp, I knew this was a place I wanted to be,” Williams said, noting that Stanford finished No. 4 in the final AP poll last season, and No. 5 in the annual college rankings by U.S. News and World Report. “I didn’t see any other schools that had those credentials.”
St. John’s Coach Joe Patterson said he wasn’t concerned about Williams committing so early in his career, especially in a sport like football, where size dictates so much of a player’s future – and Williams’ physical growth isn’t certain.
“Stanford will be able to sort it out,” Patterson said. “They know they have him now, and whether they have him at linebacker or safety, the idea is they have him and can move him wherever.
“There are pros and cons, but Stanford had been his No. 1 choice all along and going out there confirmed it for him,”