LSU lands the nation's No.1 junior college wide receiver
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]‘haquille Williams, the nation’s No. 1 junior college wide receiver prospect, has committed to LSU.
Williams, a Reserve, La. native who is currently playing for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, made the decision Friday evening following a long conversation with LSU assistant Frank Wilson.
As a redshirt freshman last season, Williams caught 67 passes for 1,295 yards, an average of 19.3 yards per reception, and 17 touchdowns. He was second in the nation receiving yards, touchdowns and yards per game (117.7).
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Williams also had scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida State, Southern Cal, Miami and Texas.
He is expected to graduate in December and enroll at LSU in January with three seasons of eligibility remaining.
That’s quite a journey for someone that didn’t even play football until 2010.
Williams once considered himself an up-and-coming basketball star at Liberty Christian Academy, in LaPlace La., and never played football before transferring to East St. John High prior to his junior year.
In his first season on the gridiron, Williams became the state’s leading receiver, catching 28 passes for 991 yards and 17 touchdowns in the regular season. He also rushed 11 times for 121 yards and two more scores.
Williams’ name became known in recruiting circles as quickly as he had made an impact after stepping on the football field for the first time.
“He’s just a freak,” Larry Dauterive, who coached Williams at East St. John High, said back in 2010. “A freak of nature. He’s just unparalleled. He has an innate ability to get to the football when nobody else can. He’s just got an unparalleled ability to get open. With his height, he can just contort his body. And he’s got the best hands of anybody I’ve seen in 44 years in this business. He’s very, very gifted.”
Williams was one of the most talked about prep players in Louisiana in 2011, and was expected to sign with LSU but academic issues forced him to go the junior college route.
His commitment will make it the second recruiting class in a row that LSU has landed one of the nation’s top junior college receivers. In 2013, Tigers signed Quantavius Leslie (6-4, 190) of Hinds (Miss.) Community College, the nation’s No. 3 JUCO receiver.
Leslie is expected to graduate from Hinds next week and arrive at LSU this summer.
Below is a video update on Williams from River Parish Football with junior college highlights:
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