Raequan Williams is headed to Michigan State next year.
The 6-6, 280-pound DePaul Prep defensive tackle, who also plays basketball, committed to the Spartans on Friday. Williams announced his college decision by wearing a Michigan State football shirt during warm ups before the Rams’ game.
The Scout.com four-star rated recruit chose Michigan State over Iowa.
“I am just looking forward to going an grinding every day,” Williams said. ”I just cant wait to get there and play. I want to become better and this is a program that can get me there.”
“I think he’s going to fit in well there,” DePaul Prep coach Bill Jeske said. ”He is just scratching the surface as a player, and he’s top shelf as a person. He’s got a coachable work ethic and will be good.”
The recruiting process was a long one for Williams, who had offers from all over the country, and at one point named a top five consisting of Arizona, Oregon, Missouri, Iowa and Michigan State. From there, the Spartans came on strong and secured his commitment.
“They made a lot of ground up, a lot of ground up,” Jeske said. “In fact, I thought Iowa was in the lead because they came in so early. But Michigan State really started pushing in the end.”
Scout.com’s national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu has covered Williams since he first burst onto the recruiting scene as a sophomore. Trieu thinks that he will be a good fit for the Spartans defense.
“Williams is a very fluid athlete who is light on his feet for a kid his size,” Trieu said. “He easily redirects and changes directions and shows good closing and pursuit speed. He also plays with a good motor and effort.”
In the end, it was all Michigan State for Williams though, who played in a pair Spartans socks against St. Francis de Sales on Friday. Williams finished with 17 points, but most importantly, he continued to make his family proud.
“He’s so mature, he’s very mature. He has become a man over the last couple years,” Williams’ mother Latesha said. “He’s the first one in my family to ever go to college, so it’s a real big deal to me. Probably makes all the other kids in the family want to go to college, his brothers, my nieces.”
Minnesota visits for commits
Three area Minnesota recruits just returned from their official visits to the school: Lake Park’s Antonio Shenault and Bolingbrook twins Jacob and Julian Huff.
“It was great going there and seeing all the academic parts of it as well a the football.” said Shenault, who will play defensive back for the Gophers. “I felt a lot more comfortable. I knew that I made the right decision.”
The experience was similar for the Huff twins, who will both enroll in January .
“It was amazing, they treated us well. They had great food,” Julian said.
His twin brother agreed, and is looking forward to getting on campus in the coming weeks.
“I have been to the campus two or three more times before this, so it wasn’t new, but seeing the dorms and where I will be staying, that was probably the best part of it.” Jacob said.
Bolingbrook’s senior defensive end Micah Dew-Treadway will enroll early at Notre Dame.
Dew-Treadway will first play in the Semper Fidelis All-American game before heading to South Bend.
Minnesota visits for commits