Kieron Williams talks his commit to Air Force

Kieron Williams

Most recruits don't make commitments to other schools right after an official visit, however, that's exactly what Kieron Williams did this past Sunday. After taking a weekend trip to Louisiana-Monroe, the 6-foot, 197-pound safety from Shreveport, La. made his pledge to Troy Calhoun and Blane Morgan during an in-home visit.

Most recruits don't make commitments to other schools right after an official visit, however, that's exactly what Kieron Williams did this past Sunday. After taking a weekend trip to Louisiana-Monroe, the 6-foot, 197-pound safety from Shreveport, La., made his pledge to Troy Calhoun and Blane Morgan during an in-home visit.

"When I was on my official visit [to Air Force] a couple of weeks ago I thought the scenery was beautiful in and around the campus," said Kieron Williams. "The guys all treated me nicely. It's far away from home and that's what I wanted, to be able to experience something different. The coaches were all cool. Air Force has such a great atmosphere for education and for football. I'm not from a military family or anything but I believe I can adapt to the lifestyle. It's nice knowing once I'm done, I'll have a guaranteed job waiting for me."

Williams chose Air Force over offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Grambling State, McNeese State, and Northwestern State. It was the official visit to Colorado Springs he took on January 10th that put the Falcons over the top for Williams.

"It was great getting the opportunity to hang out with my future teammates," he said. "I got to view what it's going to be like with everyday life at the academy. My player-host was Dexter Walker, a freshman defensive back. I actually went by myself, but I'd like to make another trip up there with my family so they can see it.

"It was great to get to talk with Coach Russ. He's a real cool guy. We talked a lot about the defense. He actually likes me at safety playing up in the box and coming off the edge and blitzing. He's a down-to-earth guy who is easy to talk to. It's still my goal to play football after college and I think he'll help me attain it."

This was Williams third year as a starter at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport. He put in another outstanding effort and was named first team All-District (Louisiana Class 5A District 1) for the second straight year.

"I led the team in tackles, forced fumbles, and sacks at defensive back," Williams said on his senior performance. "I feel like I'm the guy who can get to the ball and make a big play. I may not be the fastest guy out there but I'm often the quickest. This year, I found, my pursuit to the ball came a lot easier than in past seasons.

"Air Force offered me at the end of my junior year. They love my versatility. I can play inside the box, man up on somebody and lock them down, or come off the edge and get in the backfield to make a play behind the line of scrimmage."

Williams said he scored a 24 on the ACT in his first attempt and needs a 25 to go directly into the Air Force Academy. He said he wouldn't mind taking a year, if need be, at the Prep School to give him more time to learn the defense.

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