Williams, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior who is one of four New Englanders on the Class of 2012's ESPNU150 Watch List, took in a Penn State spring practice on Friday, his third unofficial visit to campus. He told Brown yesterday that he was already leaning towards the Nittany Lions on his way out to Happy Valley.
At the time of his commitment, he had nearly a dozen scholarship offers, but had narrowed his choices down to five: Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and the Lions. He also had offers from Missouri, Virginia, UConn, Boston College and UMass.
"I had an idea I was going to commit on my way there," Williams told Brown. "The only thing I really needed to see was [linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden] and the linebackers in a practice atmosphere. How he treated the players. How he coached.
"On paper Penn State was the best fit for me. It's the No. 1 kinesiology school in the country, and they said I'll have a good opportunity to play as a true freshman at the Hero position [strong safety]."
Williams, whose older brother Brennan is a sophomore offensive tackle at North Carolina, only appeared in five games this past season while recovering from a torn lateral meniscus. His teammate and close friend, athlete/defensive back Armani Reeves, is also on the ESPNU150 Watch List for 2012.
Reeves also made the trip out with Williams, but he's "not ready to make a commitment any time soon," Williams told Brown.
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