Chicago (Ill.) Vocational junior dual- threat quarterback prospect Isiah Williams (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) decided last week to make his college decision, yet Williams waited until today when he made an unofficial visit to make his decision known.
"I made an unofficial visit to Illinois today (Saturday)," Williams said. "I decided early last week that I wanted to give the University of Illinois my verbal commitment, but I wanted to wait until today to tell the coaches at Illinois in person. I'm a solid verbal commitment to the University of Illinois."
Williams talked about why he decided to give head coach Ron Zook and the Fighting Illini his pledge.
"I really wanted to end this recruiting process before the start of my senior season, and I planned to wait until the summer to decide. I really did a lot of research on Illinois, and I've been leaning to Illinois for awhile now. It feels great to have decided on the Illini. I'm just really comfortable with the coaches and the players at Illinois, so I figured why wait till the summer when I knew where I wanted to go to school now. I didn't want any distractions at all heading into my senior season, and I feel like all of the pressure is now off my shoulders and I can enjoy my senior season with no recruiting calls and pressure."
"Illinois academically is a top notch school, and they have one of the best engineering programs in the country. Academics was always one of my main priorities, and Illinois more than fits for me academically. I also looked hard at playing time, and I really feel that if I come in ready next year I could challenge to play early at Illinois. Illinois has a great atmosphere. I saw that in person at the basketball games this winter. I want to give those fans the same excitement at Memorial Stadium than they had for the basketball games for the next several seasons. Having all of those advantages, plus having Illinois just a few hours away for my family was just icing on the cake. I really want my family to get a chance to watch me play college football."
Williams also added that having recent Illini verbal commit Chris James already in the fold didn't hurt in his decision process.
"Chris and I are pretty tight, and we really talked about wanting to play together in college. Now that I'm a solid verbal commit to the Illini, it's time for me to get out there like Chris and help the Illini recruit even more top prospects from Illinois and beyond."
Isiah Williams choose the Fighting Illini over several schools. Williams had early scholarship offers from Penn State, Bowling Green State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Central Michigan, New Mexico State, Colorado, Iowa State, North Carolina, Wisconsin, U Conn, North Carolina State, Oregon, Ohio State, Boston College, Akron, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Kansas and Indiana.