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Texas kicker Pac 10 bound

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One of the nation's top all-around kickers is heading to the Pac 10. After a strong showing at a recent camp, Austin (Texas) Westwood kicker Jordan Williamson got the offer he was craving, and it wasn't one he could pass up.
"I committed last night with Stanford," Williamson, who is 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds, said.
"They offered me after the camp (Sunday and Monday), and I wanted to go there so I took it. This was my first offer. I had some schools that were interested but no one had offered yet or anything."
But it might not had mattered if others had offered. The Cardinal offer was one Williamson really wanted anyways.
"I knew there was a good shot going into that I could get offered," he said. "They said if I did my best I could get. Going into it, I knew if they offered, I had already decided that I'd commit."
Williamson said he had a number of reasons to commit to Stanford.
"One, it's just a great school," he said. "Also my mom wanted to go there, and she got in there but didn't have enough money to go, so she went to UT cause it was closer to home and cheaper.
"It would be a great opportunity if things didn't work out kicking wise. I want to go pro but if that didn't work out kicking wise I could have something to fall back, and the campus was beautiful."
Williamson is ranked by Chris Sailer as one of the top five kickers in the nation. He said Williamson has a "great leg, technique and lift on his ball. He's also big on kickoffs."
"I got moved up to varsity freshman year," Williamson said. "I started my sophomore year, and was 13 of 17 on field goals that year. Last year, I was 10 of 14. My longest in a game was 47. Most of my kickoffs were right through the back of the end zone or deep in the end zone, unless my coach had me pooch.
"I'm pretty good with kickoffs and my field goals are really consistent. I think that's probably want did it. I'll probably be starting freshman year, so as soon as I go there I'll be starting. That's very exciting."
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