As with many BCS football recruits, Jordan Williams (Denton, Texas/Ryan) thought he would make a name for himself by way of another sport. Up until his junior year, Williams played basketball.
After giving up the sport and focusing on football, Williams saw that he had a gift with football. Missouri saw the gift, as well, and offered him in April. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle recently gave Missouri a verbal commitment, choosing the Tigers over offers from several schools, including Colorado, Oregon State, North Texas and SMU.
“I was really a basketball guy, but after I quit basketball, that’s when all my scholarship offers came in,” Williams said. “My coaches said they’d come if I focused on one sport. I didn’t expect to become a football recruit, but they [Missouri] took a chance on me.”
Williams became the 16th Missouri commitment and the ninth player from Texas to give a verbal pledge to the Tigers. Additionally, Williams became the fifth player from Ryan to commit to a BCS school, joining five-star defensive end Mario Edwards (committed to Florida State), four-star linebackers Jordan Richmond (Texas A&M) and Alex De La Torre (Texas) and three-star defensive end Dominique Banks (Baylor).
Williams said he received some advice from a good friend, Missouri redshirt freshman wide receiver Bud Sasser, who also played at Ryan. Williams also said that Missouri offensive line coach Bruce Walker was influential in his decision.
“He was the main one recruiting me,” Williams said of Walker. “We’ve been talking for a long time. We always talk about random stuff. He’s a down-to-Earth guy, but he doesn’t mess around. He let’s me know what I’ll need to do.”