NICK KRUEGER | rivals.com
Stanford is one of the top six schools for 2019 five star safety Brian Williams, who announced his list shortly after finishing his second visit to The Farm.
Notre Dame, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska also made the cut. Williams isn't known to waste many words talking about recruiting and he explained why Stanford is one of his top schools.
"They are spectacular academically and athletically and getting a degree from there sets you up for life," he messaged to Cardinal Sports Report.
Brian's bother, Rawleigh, played running back at Arkansas before he had to retire because of a neck injury. Seeing his brother's career cut short gave Williams greater perspective on his opportunity to play football while also knowing he has to build options off the field.
According to that same USA Today High School Sports article, Williams has a 3.9 GPA and is "on track to be a National Merit Scholar".
Williams visited Stanford July 28 for the Friday Night Lights camp and junior day. He said that experience exceeded his expectations. The coaches, the campus and the honesty of the player panel answering the questions of recruits made a good impression on him.
When he visited Saturday for the UCLA game two new highlights were visiting the newly opened Home of Champions -- which is an impressive exhibit of Stanford athletic history -- and being behind the team as they charged out of the tunnel.
He was able to share those experiences with two fellow Texas defensive backs: 2019 Jonathan McGill and 2020 RJ Mickens. Williams met Mickens at the Friday Night Lights camp and knew McGill from several camps in Texas. Williams said "it was cool to hang with them on the visit."
And an even more important relationship is the one Williams is building with the Stanford coaches: "It’s growing and I think it’s great, especially with Coach (Duane) Akina, who I can tell loves football and has shown a lot of interest in me."
There is likely a long way to go in the recruiting process for Williams, but it appears after two visits in two months that Stanford is a serious contender for the star safety.