Parker Williams’ Army football commitment is story of patience and belief in one self.
Williams held off on making his college decision on Signing Day in February. Army wide receivers coach Aaron Smith and offensive coordinator Drew Thatcher called Williams on Signing Day. Williams’ dream was always to play football at the highest level.
Army didn’t offer Williams that day. But, Williams still held offers from Division II schools Colorado School of Mines and Angelo State. Both schools were recruiting the Fulshear (Texas) senior on the defensive side.
One issue. Williams had played offense his entire football career and he was hesitant to give that up. He threw 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions as a senior.
As the calendar turned to March, Williams was still betting on himself for that Division I opportunity. If no offers came, Williams was considering attending Texas A&M as a student and trying to walk on or accept the scholarship from Colorado School of Mines.
That Army offer that Williams was waiting for came from Smith earlier this week. Williams called back a few hours later and committed to the Black Knights.
“Army wanted me to play slot receiver and with this new offensive (shotgun) scheme, I saw myself fitting very well,” Williams said. “I also know how great the education and opportunity is. Everything worked out perfectly and I knew what a great opportunity it was so I didn’t pass it up and I committed.”
Williams has a familiarity with the academy’s tradition and academic reputation. His aunt and uncle and two cousins were West Point cadets.
“When I was younger I went up there to visit, watch a (football) game (Miami, Ohio in 2018) and see the campus,” Williams said. “I know how prestigious the academy is and how great the education is and the opportunity to become an officer and serve others.”
Though Williams played quarterback for most of his last two seasons, he caught 35 passes and six touchdowns as a sophomore. He’s looking forward to play slot receiver in Army’s shotgun.
“I think this offense allows me to use my speed and quickness in the slot to be a great deep threat as well as getting open underneath,” Williams said.
Williams, who will be a direct admit, also vowed to make the most out of the chance to fulfill his dream.
“I’m super excited to be a part of this family and I’m very thankful to the coaches and this program for giving me an opportunity they won’t regret,” Williams said.