November 19, 2008
Four-star cornerback is heading to Cal
Since last spring, Dallas (Texas) Skyline cornerback Steve Williams had been committed to Oklahoma University and if not for one particular offer, Williams would likely be signing with the Sooners come February. However, Williams recently de-committed from Oklahoma and many speculated that California was the new leader. Wednesday night, Williams confirmed that speculation.
"I just wanted to tell you that I have committed to California," Williams said on Wednesday. "I already talked to the coaches."
While Williams took an official visit to California back in October, Sooner fans may have had reason to be concerned well before the visit, when the actual offer came in. The four-star was a childhood fan of the Golden Bears and the visit to Berkeley did nothing but confirm all of his expectations.
"When I got an offer (from Cal) in the summertime, it was messed up because I had already committed," he said. "So when I went out there, it was just like you see on TV. When I went out to visit California I knew it was between those two of Oklahoma and Cal. Cal had always been my favorite school when I was a kid."
How does a Dallas native end up rooting for a west coast program growing up?
"I really don't know," said the fast and physical corner. "The first thing as a kid, just looking at the colors, I liked how their uniforms looked. Then they have that cornerback for the Raiders and they had Delta O'Neal. They had a nice program."
Beyond football, Williams was drawn to the academic side of Cal as he learned more about what it had to offer.
"I didn't even know they were the number one public school," he said. "Then I found out that they were the number one public school in the country. They have a better business school which is what I'm interested in."
When Williams touched down on campus back in October, he knew that he felt at home in Berkley and he could see himself living there above other campuses he had been to.
"The first thing about the visit was just the feel of how the atmosphere is and the stuff to do around the place," he said. "It was about finishing college somewhere that I want live and an environment that I want to live in."
Williams had a strong relationship and respect for the Oklahoma staff but in the end, he knew where he wanted to be.
"It was tough at first," he said. "The coaches really wanted me to think about things but I had kind of known that that was where I was going. I just had to make that decision. It feels good. I feel real good. I'm happy, my mom's happy, my family's happy."
The Skyline players and coaches have been happy as well. The team has been one of the top teams in the state of Texas through the 2008 season and this week they head into the second round of the playoffs against DeSoto High School on Saturday.
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