The last few weeks have been very kind to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have added seven recruits to their 2018 recruiting class since April 15th, including a few wins over Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. Today they landed their eighth, in the form of Dallas safety Kanion Williams. Kanion is the 12th commitment in the Oklahoma State class, and the second safety, along with Kolby Peel. Williams is a prospect that defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has wanted for a long time, and just two months after the Cowboys extended an offer, Kanion had seen enough, and was ready to join the fray.
— Kanion Williams (@slimpick6ix) May 19, 2017
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Williams committed to Oklahoma State over a relatively large amount of suitors, including Houston, Missouri, Arizona, Arizona State and Tulane. He also reported interest from Vanderbilt, though the Commodores had not yet offered. Williams named a top three of Arizona, Arizona State and Oklahoma State back in late April, and since then Oklahoma State really worked to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, mainly through selling their proximity to his family, as well as the ability to play in the conference he grew up watching, the Big 12.
Williams put up very impressive numbers for his high school team last season, as he racked up 62 tackles, three interceptions, including one that he took back for a touchdown. He also returned a punt for a score, and could definitely continue to return punts in Stillwater.
On the field, Williams plays with the kind of aggression that you love to see from a safety. He loves to play downhill, and it’s safe to say that he’s significantly better against the run than he is against the pass. He’ll need to learn to read the quarterbacks eyes and drop back in coverage far better than he currently can to succeed as a safety at the next level. With that being said, he’s a natural tackler, and really doesn’t need much work in that aspect of his game, similarly to his fellow safety commit, Kolby Peel. Because of their similar skill sets, don’t be surprised if Oklahoma State looks to bring in a third safety in this class, that can fill the role of a playmaker in the defensive backfield. His ceiling comparison is Will Hill, without the numerous suspensions.