Archbishop Rummel (La.) High School's Damian Williams officially visited Mississippi State this weekend and arrived Friday as a 2013 Southern Miss commit. But the dual-threat quarterback left campus earlier today as a 2013 Mississippi State commit.
The 6-foot-1 and 215-pound Williams changed his commitment before he left campus Sunday and is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
"I told the coaches before I left that I was committing," said Williams. "Then I went home and called and told the Southern Miss coaches. I wanted to tell them before I went public with it. I just had a great feeling on campus this weekend and I just knew where I wanted to be."
Williams originally committed to Southern Miss on Jan. 16th and also held offers from Kansas State, Nebraska, Memphis, Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette. This past season he passed for 1,908 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also managed to rush for 874 yards and 10 more scores.
Williams noted he was around some familiar faces this weekend, too, on his MSU official visit.
"(MSU freshman) Torrey Dale was my host and then I was around (MSU freshman) Ryan Brown a lot, too," said Williams. "I already knew both of them and I got a good vibe from all the players I was around. That was a big factor for my decision."
Also aiding his decision to change his commitment, added Williams, was the "family" bond he felt with the Bulldogs.
"It was just the family environment," said Williams. "Just the whole scenery of the new facilities and the way the coaching staff is going to push you to be the best. A lot of those things were factors with me."
Williams picked up an MSU offer on Thursday and then made the decision to check out the Bulldogs' program in person. He attended one of MSU's camp sessions last June and said he had an opportunity to keep his dreams alive. And he took that opportunity on Sunday.
"I think their spread offense sets me up for success," said Williams. "It has always been a dream of mine to play in the SEC. This allows me to pursue my dreams of being a successful SEC quarterback. I saw a good opportunity and I could not pass it up."