The Longhorns earned another pledge from a 3-star out-of-state defensive end when Michael Williams (La.) chose Texas over offers from LSU and other SEC programs. The 6-2, 240-pound athlete will play defensive end for Texas. He’s the No. 41-ranked prospect in Louisiana, per 247Sports Composite.
Williams became the 23rd member of Texas’ 2018 class, which ranks third in the nation and first in the Big 12. Daniel Carson, a 3-star defensive end from Missouri, committed on Jan. 19. They’re the only defensive ends currently committed to the Longhorns. Here is the 101 on Williams:
Skill set: Williams is a big-bodied end who can hold the point of attack against the run and get after the passer in 1-on-1 situations. He’s not a true pass-rushing defensive end and is raw in his technique on the outside. His athletic ability is intriguing and his upside is the reason Texas offered him late in the cycle and made him a top priority. The Texas staff likens Williams to fellow Louisiana native Malcolm Roach.
Roach also was an under-recruited defensive end out of Louisiana who shocked most by becoming an impact player for the Longhorns as a freshman. It’s likely that Williams gets to sit, learn and provide depth at defensive end.
Immediate impact: Texas doesn’t need Williams to become a viable option as an every-down defensive end as a freshman since Roach and Charles Omenihu will be on campus for 2018. That’s good news for Williams, who could use a season to polish his technique, add strength and learn the position. That doesn’t mean Williams can’t arrive on campus and push for time.
Fitting into the program: Texas needs big ends to properly run defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s odd-man front. Louisiana is always a nice state to win a recruiting battle in and it is a state Tom Herman and his staff could recruit more in cycles to come with its proximity to Houston. Williams is described as a hard-nosed player with a big work ethic.
Recruiting at the position: The Longhorns filled two spots at defensive end in less than a week by closing with Carson and Williams. The only defensive end left on the recruiting board is Joseph Ossai, a 4-star recruit out of Conroe Oak Ridge.
Ossai is likely to play an outside linebacker position like Naashon Hughes because of his pass-rushing ability. Texas also is in pursuit of Katy defensive tackle Moro Ojomo. Keeping defensive tackle Keondre Coburn committed is also a top priority.