U-High defensive end Tim Williams didn’t have far to travel on Saturday when he attended Boys from the Boot, a Junior Day hosted by members of the LSU staff on the Baton Rouge campus.
Turned out, Williams would have driven across the state for the news he received.
Before leaving for the final part of an academic tour, Williams was called off the bus carrying all the prospects and their families.
Minutes later, Williams and his mother were in the office of LSU coach Les Miles.
“Coach Miles sat me down and expressed some serious interest in me coming in and being a Tiger,” Williams said. “That’s when he told me I had a scholarship to come to LSU and play football. I was shocked. It's my first offer, and it feels great.
“I was just so glad he is giving me the chance to come there. As a local guy, it’s a feeling I can’t really describe.”
Williams (6-4, 230), whose recruitment is being spearheaded by LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger, is being offered as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker.
“Coach Miles likes me as a defensive end like (Barkevious) Mingo,” Williams said. “I could even be a linebacker.”
Before the offer arrived, Williams spent time with defensive line coach Brick Haley and then got a chance to hear two current Tigers talk about the program.
“I talked with coach Haley during lunch,” Williams said. “I have been having a good relationship with him. He sat with my mom and sister and ate with us and had friendly conversation.
“Then we got to listen to Eric Reid and Brad Wing talk. They gave us some insight on what is expected if I did decide to commit. I really liked those guys and they were really into the program. They had good answers about how it feels to be a freshman and punishments if you don’t do the right things.”
At the end of the day, Williams returned to his Baton Rouge home and enjoyed the fruits of his labor on the field.
“It just feels great,” he said. “Any offer is good because it is a free education, but LSU is a special offer. And it was a surprise because I was just there soaking everything up and observing the program and understanding what the people were like over at LSU.”
With his recruitment process about to kick into gear, did Williams think about ending things early?
“At the time I was just shocked and humbled,” he said. “Maybe I was thinking about committing, but I was also thinking about exploring. It’s easy to commit to LSU because I know the program. I knew I should look around a little first.”