West Virginia continued to add to its haul for the football recruiting Class of 2015 on Friday when defensive back Kevin Williams of Blanche Ely, Fla., pledged to the Mountaineers.
The 6-foot-1, 179-pound prospect surprised a lot of people by committing to WVU only one day after receiving an offer. For Williams, though, there was never any doubt.
"West Virginia has always been one of my favorite schools and it's a plus when they are running five or six defensive backs at a time," said Williams, who also claimed offers from Florida, Syracuse and Central Michigan. "Mountaineer Nation is where I feel I need to be."
In fact, he knew of his decision the moment he picked up his offer Thursday morning, and part of the reason had to deal with a recent Mountaineer superstar.
"I really did. I knew that West Virginia was going to be that one," he said. "My favorite player, Tavon Austin, came out of West Virginia. He's always been fascinating to me. That's always been big for me."
So Friday morning, he dialed up his lead recruiter and let him know the news. After a quick check on his academics, Williams was welcomed to the class.
"I called Coach [JaJuan] Seider and they really like me," said Williams. "I told him I wanted to commit and he called some administrative guys at the school to make sure my grades are in order, and that was it."
Williams says he plans on getting up to Morgantown "as soon as possible," and that Seider and his high school coach are already working out the details.
This past season, Williams recorded 76 tackles and three interceptions, playing both cornerback and safety. He received a three-star, 0.8317-rating in the 247Sports Composite.
His pledge gives West Virginia seven commitments in the 2015 class, despite being almost a year from National Signing Day. The Mountaineers are now ranked seventh in the nation - and first in the Big12 - in 247Sports' Team Rankings, jumping ahead of Arkansas, Texas, TCU, Florida State and Georgia.