When three-star inside linebacker Isaiah Williams (Dallas/Skyline) heard about former Kansas State wide receivers coach Michael Smith leaving for the same position at Arkansas, it wasn’t what he wanted to hear -- particularly as he was preparing for an official visit to Manhattan, Kan.
And especially, since he didn’t get the news firsthand.
“He didn’t tell me. I found out through someone else that he was leaving,” Williams said. “That kind of hurt. At least I’m close to [linebackers] Coach [Mike] Cox, so it’s not all that bad.”
Williams, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker said that the trip to Manhattan will be different without Smith, but his commitment to the Wildcats has not changed. Williams chose Kansas State in August over offers from SMU, Colorado, Texas State and New Mexico.
Williams is making the trek to Manhattan this weekend, and he said his original plan was to enjoy the campus and bond with his future teammates. While he still intends on having a good time, plans have altered slightly.
“Now, it’s all about getting closer to some other coaches,” Williams said. “My boy Coach Smitty’s gone, so now, but I’m pretty tight with Coach Cox. Now, I can get pretty tight with some of the others.”
Williams then added, “I’m still committed, and I’m still going to stay committed.”