By Paul Jones
Special to the Journal
West Point High School running back Aeris Williams announced his decision to play football for Mississippi State on Wednesday afternoon inside the Green Wave athlete complex with family, coaches and teammates by his side.
The 6-foot-1 and 205-pound Williams became MSU’s 14th commitment for the Class of 2014. He is rated a four-star prospect (94 rating) by 247Sports and listed as the nation’s ninth-best running back by 247Sports.
Williams said that at the Big Dawg Camp on July 19th is when he had a good feeling about the Bulldogs.
“I told Coach Mullen at the Big Dawg Camp that I just had to go home that night and talk to my mom,” he said. “I told him then that I would be getting back up with him and felt good about it.”
“Then today when I called him he welcomed me to the family and was very happy I committed. Then he talked to my mom and it was just a good situation today.”
As a junior, Williams rushed for 1,704 yards with 22 touchdowns and accounted for over 2,400 yards of offense and 25 total touchdowns.
“He is a very humble guy that works hard and that rubs off on his teammates,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless.
“He plays extremely hard and on top of that he is an extremely good athlete. You couldn’t ask for more than that.
“He makes everybody around him better and he has no enemies. He is a very unselfish player and is just a machine. We call him the ‘A train’ and he gets stronger with every carry.”
Williams held offers from Florida State, Wisconsin and Ole Miss, and is rated the state’s fourth-best 2014 prospect by 247Sports.
Williams will add even more talent to MSU’s backfield next season, and he will team up with incoming MSU freshman and former Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year Ashton Shumpert.
Competition, Williams said, is what he loves most about football.
“That is why I play football,” said Williams. “I just love competition. I know Ashton Shumpert is a great running back and I think I can learn a lot from him. He is a great running back and I look up to him.
“We haven’t talked that much and he doesn’t really know that I look up to him.”