John Ehret RB Darrel Williams close to signing with LSU

Published: Jan. 30, 2014 at 8:35 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 at 3:07 AM CST
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MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - The No. 1 recruit in the country, Leonard Fournette, got all the publicity when he verbally committed to LSU on national television but there's another running back from the New Orleans area that is also committed to the Tigers: Darrel Williams.

The John Ehret High School senior racked up over 2,000 yards rushing in 2013, and his 6'1", 220-pound frame makes him tough to take down. He pledged his talents to the Tigers, but there's still a little doubt in the 18-year-old.

"It's close to around 90 percent," he said. "I still want to weigh my options out a little bit more but right now they're on top of the list."

"He's just exploring, taking opportunities to take a visit here, take a visit there and like he said, the Texas A&M visit," said Williams' coach, Corey Lambert. "It's coming toward the end, and I think he's probably a little burnt out himself. He's probably just going to make his decision and do what he's got to do and get back to working out."

With Williams' commitment not 100 percent solid, one has to think the Fournette announcement might have come into play, but he begs to differ.

"No, I'm a player," Williams said. "I'm not running from competition."

If Williams and Fournette pen their names to the Tigers, you might see something special on Saturdays this fall.

"Those two, to me, are the best two backs in the country," Lambert said. "For LSU to get those two, they're going to have some success in the running game and the receivers are going to have some good things with play action and things like that, you can't beat it."

Williams feels the same way.

"Leonard is a great player, I'm a great player," he said. "He brings the speed, I bring the power. That combination, you can't beat that, that's going to be one of the best in the country."

National Signing Day is Feb. 5, and for coach and player, Williams is particularly tired of the constant recruiting by phone call and text message.

"It's been tough," he said. "It won't stop until signing day."

"It's been very busy, I'm also Dean of Students at the school," Lambert said. "I tell you, these coaches have been coming all spring - they've been killing it, which is a great thing for the school, great thing for the program."

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