FT. WORTH, Texas - When Grand Prairie (Texas) South safety Malcolm Williams made his commitment to Texas A&M nearly a month ago, it was a big moment for him and his family.
It was also a time of celebration for the talented Williams and his father who he had never met throughout his entire life. The 6-foot, 190-pound high school junior had grown up never knowing his dad due to overseas service in the Army, but that all changed one year ago.
Williams got to share the excitement of his commitment with both of his parents making for a memorable moment.
"I never knew my dad because he was away from home," Williams said. "Then when I was 16 I finally got to meet him when he came home. When I committed I was glad he was there to see what I had accomplished."
The Aggies grabbed a big commitment to say the least. This past weekend, Williams showed his stuff during the NIKE Training Camp at Texas Christian University. Running a sub 4.5-second forty-yard dash time and grabbing an interception in one-on-one drills, it was obvious that Williams was a player.
However, now that offers from Arizona and Oklahoma have been added to the list, it doesn't appear his commitment is any less solid. To Williams it's about more than a team - it's his future.
"I don't open really any other letters if they're not from A&M," Williams said. "I just want a degree, a degree from Texas A&M. If I can make it to the pros then that would be a dream come true, but if not I know that I have good stuff ahead of me."
His mother instilled in him the desire to succeed both in the classroom and on the football field.
So when Williams made his commitment known, it was not just a celebration for Williams but for his mother who worked hard to put her son in a position like this.
"Oh yeah my mom cried a lot and gave me a hug," Williams said. "All she wanted for me was to get an education and never really cared if I did it through football. Of course after I told her, the rest of the family knew in about 10 minutes."
As Williams looks back on his story, it's hard for him to hide a smile. From his stout performance at the NIKE Training Camp, the offers rolling in by the day, and his bright future at a solid Big 12 school, it appears that the sky is the limit for the South Grand Prairie player.
He's just ready for the next step and enjoying every opportunity along the way.