What exactly does Isaiah Williams' commitment to Kansas State mean? Plenty if you’re a follower of Dallas Skyline High School football.
To many supporters, Skyline is considered “Linebacker High.” The 10 linebackers to FBS programs in the last seven seasons serve as proof. Over the weekend, Williams took the next step in becoming a part of that exclusive fraternity, verbally committing to Kansas State.
Williams, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound, three-star middle linebacker, chose the Wildcats over SMU and Colorado. He became the Wildcats’ fifth commit of the 2013 recruiting class.
More importantly to the Skyline community, Williams added his name to a list of linebackers that includes former USC standout Michael Morgan, who is now with the Seattle Seahawks. Once Feb. 6 approaches, Williams hopes to become the 11th linebacker since 2006 to represent the revered high school in an FBS college uniform.
“It feels really good that I am a part of something special,” Williams said. “I still stay in contact with some of them -- [Oregon sophomore] Anthony Wallace to be exact. I just hope to live to the expectations that are in front of me.”
Williams is expected to lead a young-but-talented linebacker crew. He played linebacker as a sophomore -- behind Wallace, a player Williams considers a mentor -- but was moved to defensive end as a junior in an effort to see more playing time.
Williams had eight sacks as a pass-rusher, assisting Skyline in its run to the Texas Class 5A Division I semifinals last year. However, he’s looking forward to playing linebacker in college, particularly after building trustworthy relationships with wide receivers coach Michael Smith and linebackers coach Mike Cox, the two Kansas State coaches he heard from the most.
“Me and Coach Smith have had a great relationship since my sophomore year,” Williams said. “Also, me and Coach Cox started to grow a real strong relationship this spring. I always talked to one of them every week.”
Williams is expected to follow in the college footsteps of former Skyline linebacker stars such as Morgan, Oklahoma’s Corey Nelson and Franklin Shannon and freshmen Peter Jinkens (Texas) and Domenic Spencer (Central Florida).