Mar 21, 2014; Pullman, WA, USA; General view of Martin Stadium on the campus of Washington State University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
It’s great to have some of your guys targeted and drafted into the NFL, but for college football programs, it’s even more important to be able to recruit young talent to help your team move forward in the future. WSU seems to understand that. The Cougars are pleased with the recent commitment from running back James Williams.
The 5’10″ kid that only weighs 185 pounds specializes as a speed back, and has impressed scouts by how he manages to bowl over defenders in the open field. He has no true recruiting grade as he has flown pretty well under the radar. But, don’t let that mislead you. Watching his highlight tapes, it is obvious he has tremendous talent and will be a great addition to the offense that has been focused primarily on the passing game.
James Williams comes from Burbank, California, an area of the west coast that produces great football players. It seems as though the Cougars recruiting is coming a bit easier after they returned to their first bowl game, which came after a long absence of about a decade. This is their fourth commitment, and the others have all been four-star grades. If Williams can put on some weight and maintain his speed, Washington State may finally have a run game that opposing defenses will legitimately fear. It will certainly be exciting to watch this kid develop.