For one reason or another, the immediate high school to Division I football route doesn’t happen for every recruit.
Such was the case for defensive end and linebacker Sam Williams, who played last season at Northeast Mississippi Community College. His journey to a lower level paid off Thursday when he committed to Ole Miss on Twitter.
— Big SAM (@DegarrickSamuel) June 21, 2018
The Rebels are hoping they found a gem in the junior college ranks. Williams already stands 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds. He was also ranked as the No. 1 JUCO recruit in Alabama and the No. 9 recruit nationally.
Auburn was another option for Williams, who was also considering Tennessee, Oregon and Florida Atlantic, according to 247Sports.
Last season, he had 53 tackles and 3.5 sacks in just nine games played.
While he’s part of the 2019 class, Williams is expected to be a mid-year enrollee, according to 247Sports. He’ll have three years to play two seasons.