The No. 1 junior college wide receiver in the nation came off the board on Friday night, as Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's 5-star WR D'haquille Williams committed to the LSU Tigers and head coach Les Miles.
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Williams holds a perfect score of 1.0000, is the No. 1 JUCO player in the nation and holds the top spot at both his position and in the state of Mississippi.
Shea Dixon, who covers the Tigers for 247Sports, broke the news on Twitter:
According to Creg Stephenson of GulfLive.com, Williams caught 67 passes for 1,295 yards and 18 touchdowns during the 2012 season for the Bulldogs. He sat out the 2011 season, meaning he will have two years to play Division I football when he arrives in Baton Rouge.
Highly recruited when he was a high school senior, "Shaq" Williams had some academic issues that forced him out of teams' plans in the 2011 recruiting cycle. He went to Mississippi Gulf Coast instead and victimized smaller corners during his second season on campus.
If you listen to Mike Scarborough talk about him, LSU should be chomping at the bit to get this guy in the starting lineup as soon as he's eligible to do so:
If D'haquille Williams would have been academically qualified out of high school in 2011, I would have ranked him No.1 overall in the state.— Mike Scarborough (@ScarboroughMike) May 11, 2013
If Cordarelle Patterson is a one-and-done, back half of 1st round NFL pick, D'haquille Williams is one-and-done and top half of 1st round.— Mike Scarborough (@ScarboroughMike) May 11, 2013
Williams had been one of the most hotly recruited JUCO prospects in the nation this year, holding offers from nearly every SEC program in the process. Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M all made a play for the 6'3", 213-pound wideout, but the Tigers landed his services on Friday night in what is huge news for Miles and staff.
Physically imposing on film, Williams made sure he dominated JUCO secondary players to catch the eye of coaches that likely kept him on their watch list when he was ready to make the leap to the D1 big-time.
With his experience playing in a college atmosphere, he'll have a clear leg up on the incoming freshman at the position. If he handles the physical aspect of going against better corners and continues to refine the finer parts of his game (route-running, for example), he could end up being a top pick in the NFL draft very soon.
That's the kind of potential Williams has.
It might not have been working time at the LSU athletic office on Friday night, but you can bet Miles and his offensive staff were thrilled to get this commitment in the books no matter the time of day. Williams' decision has been closely followed for quite some time, and Tiger fans will anxiously await his presence on the field at Tiger Stadium.