Monday, April 22, 2013
Texas RB first 2015 for Ole Miss
By Damon Sayles
When 2015 running back Rawleigh Williams III (Dallas/Bishop Lynch) picked up his first offer, he was immediately interested. After a visit, he was sold.
Sophomore running back Rawleigh Williams III rewarded Ole Miss for its early interest.
Williams, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound back who meshes power and speed, verbally committed to Ole Miss and became the school's first commit of the 2015 class. Williams visited Oxford, Miss., over the weekend and was in awe of the atmosphere and overall campus environment.
Ole Miss was the first school to offer Williams in February, and he showed his loyalty by rewarding the Rebels for taking a chance on him.
"They believed in me first," Williams said. "Other schools are interested, but they have already offered their first priority backs. Ole Miss wanted me first.
"Then, when I got on campus, I was blown away. It was unbelievable."
Williams was recruited to Ole Miss by recruiting coordinator Maurice Harris. Williams said Baylor and Texas A&M showed heavy interest of late, but neither school offered. Ole Miss was his lone offer, and he took advantage of the opportunity to play in the SEC.
"It's a great school with great coaches who are great men, as well," Williams said of Ole Miss. "It's truly a family atmosphere. [Harris] is a great guy who is even cooler to talk to outside of football."
The Rebels will get a back who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds. Williams rushed for 1,191 yards and 14 touchdowns during his sophomore season. He averaged better than six yards per carry. While he didn't get many catches out the backfield, he made the most of his opportunities. He caught 11 passes for 137 yards and scored three touchdowns.
And what will the Ole Miss fan base get out of Williams?
"A hard-working kid who will give his all to the school," he said.