Playing for a rising FBS team -- and being a part of future success -- was enough for defensive back Germod Williams (Conroe, Texas/Oak Ridge) to pull the trigger on his recruiting process.
Williams verbally committed to Texas State on Wednesday afternoon, choosing the Bobcats over offers from UTEP, Rice, Northwestern and Houston Baptist. A 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety, Williams was recruited by Bobcats defensive coordinator Craig Naivar.
"When I went up there for a game, the static and the environment, I liked a lot," Williams said. "It’s a good school, a beautiful camps, and it’s close to home. Everything fit right with it."
Back in May, Texas State was the first school to offer Williams, who is nicknamed “Shreveport” at Oak Ridge because he was born and raised in Shreveport, La., Williams has shown himself to be a high-motor defensive back with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Williams additionally squats nearly 500 pounds.
Along with being loyal to the first team that took a chance on him, Williams said he was intrigued by Texas State's future in FBS play. The team left the FCS as a consistent contender, and the team is fresh off a 62-55 loss to nationally ranked Louisiana Tech.
"I look at it as if I start growing there, I can be a part of a big change with the college," Williams said. "They’re going to come into the FBS and are going to become a bowl team. I wanted to become a part of that."