By Zach Shugan
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A multi-year recruitment process might have reached its conclusion, but for Terian Williams II, this is only the beginning of his story.
Wednesday morning, Williams announced his commitment to Stanford in an auditorium full of his teammates, coaches and peers. Over 40 Division I teams recruited the versatile defensive back, but the Cardinal won the race. Other schools in the senior’s top five included Kansas State, Michigan, Penn State and Texas Tech.
“The whole past couple weeks have been hectic,” Williams said. “It’s been crazy stressful but I’m definitely happy I made this decision.”
At one point, Williams was slated to commit Aug. 8. He felt like he needed more time to consider his decision, so he pushed back his commitment date instead of pulling the trigger on a school too early.
Now, he’s confident Stanford is the school for him. Williams said he reached out to Stanford head coach David Shaw, defensive coordinator Lance Anderson and defensive backs coach Duane Akina early in the week and told them he would be committing to the Cardinal.
“I definitely have a lot of confidence [in the decision],” Williams said. “I needed the extra time to cross the t’s and dot the i’s, make sure everything is good and confirm this is the right decision for my future.”
Williams was recruited to play defensive back at the next level, but for Johns Creek, he wears multiple hats. “T.J.”, the name his teammates and coaches often call him by, sees snaps at defensive back, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner. All in a day’s work.
Williams transferred from Parkview to Johns Creek prior to his junior year after and, by all accounts, has fit in seamlessly. In addition to staying active in the community, Johns Creek head coach Matt Helmerich said Williams handles the life of a student athlete as good as anyone he’s ever seen in 20 years of coaching.
“He’s been a blessing,” Helmerich said ahead of his commitment.
So, it came as no surprise when Helmerich closed the commitment ceremony Wednesday by reminding Williams he’s needed in Johns Creek for at least a few more months. Then, he’s free to go to California and start the next chapter of his life.
Johns Creek (1-1) lost 41-28 at No. 4 Carrollton last week after opening its season with a 26-10 win at Gainesville in the Corky Kell Classic. The Gladiators play at home for the first time this season Friday against the Heritage Patriots (0-2).