2015 RB Williams already turning heads 

January, 23, 2013
Hugh Freeze, in what seems like the blink of an eye, has made Ole Miss an attractive destination for recruits across the country.

No better proof of that can be found than what happened Thursday, when the Rebels picked up a commitment from Laquon Treadwell, the nation's No. 1 receiver, who resides in Illinois.

Rawleigh Williams
Courtesy of Bishop Lynch HSClass of 2015 running back Rawleigh Williams III was offered by Ole Miss during his freshman season.
It speaks to the talent level of 2015 running back Rawleigh Williams III (Dallas/Bishop Lynch) that Freeze and his staff have already offered. And not only have they offered; the Rebels did so during spring practice of his freshman year, which makes him one of the first offers of the Freeze era.

“Coach [Maurice] Harris, the tight ends coach, came down to visit and introduced himself to me and told me to call him later that night,” Williams said. “I called him that night and he just talked about how much he loved the film and how much the coaches loved it. Two minutes into the conversation he told me he had already called up Coach Freeze and the running back coach and that they were going to offer me a scholarship. It was a shock.”

It remains Williams’ only offer but it’s just a matter of time before other schools follow suit. He has established himself as one of the top 2015 running backs in the state.

At 5-foot-10 and 196 pounds, Williams, who runs a 4.56 40-yard dash, rushed 191 times for 1,191 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns in 2012. He also caught 11 passes for 137 yards and three scores for a Bishop Lynch team that lost in the TAPPS semifinals.

It was a big improvement from a freshman campaign in which he rushed for a commendable 251 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries.

One of the top schools showing interest in William right now is the team he grew up rooting for: Texas.

“I’ve always been a Texas fan,” he said. “I think when the Vince Young era started I loved them ever since then. Now that the recruiting process has started I have to stray away from being a fan and keep all my options open. But I still root for Texas.”

Bruce Chambers, the Longhorns’ recruiting coordinator, stopped by on two occasions during Williams' freshman season. Co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite came to the school this season.

“It was really brief but he got me out of class and introduced himself to me,” Williams said of Applewhite.

The Longhorns have already invited Williams to a game. He attended Texas’ game against Baylor, at which he met 2013 commit Jake Raulerson.

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