Kansas, the football overlords we all love to know, are back at it again on the recruiting path. It had been a little while since Kansas last made news in recruiting, and that simply will not do for David Beaty and his staff. Sure, the lost time we heard from Kansas in recruiting it was when they landed three defensive lineman in one day, but that was 11 whole days ago, and in the world of college football recruiting, that’s essentially a decade. All joking aside, Kansas is taking serious steps towards improving their football program, and there’s legitimate excitement around the program for the first time in years. David Beaty knows how to sell that to recruits, and right now, he’s doing a fantastic job. Also, Kansas beat Texas.
— Nick Williams® (@conflickted_) June 22, 2017
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Williams is the 13th commitment in Kansas’ 2018 class. He would’ve been the 14th commitment, but Louisiana safety Aaron Brule decommitted roughly five minutes after Williams committed (more on that on LandGrant Gauntlet dot come later today). He’s the second tackle to join the class, along with Mac Copeland.
Williams picked Kansas over Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, UCF and Wyoming. He had a number of FCS offers as well, but it’s really hard to pass up a chance to play at a power five school, especially one that’s on the rise like Kansas is. The Jayhawks offered back in May, and have fallen in love with Williams’ game over the last few months, for a number of reasons.
The biggest of those reasons is his insane athleticism. It’s rare to find an athlete like Williams playing on the offensive line, but that athleticism is absolutely the biggest reason that Kansas wants Williams to come to Lawrence. As a pure football player, Williams is about as raw as they come, but his ceiling is insanely high. His hands and footwork will need some work, but he’s strong, fast, and once he adds some more weight, he’ll have all the intangibles needed to be a fantastic offensive tackle. If Williams is willing to put in the time, he could absolutely be a first round draft pick in a few years, that’s how high his ceiling is. His comparison is Lane Johnson.