Nebraska transfer commit Kevin Williams Jr. entered the transfer portal on Dec. 4. He wasn’t sure where he would land. He knew that he wanted to go to a bigger school to get a platform to go to NFL. That didn’t mean he had a particular school in mind. He hoped he would land at an FBS school and was shooting for Power Five but he didn’t really know. Williams (6-5, 330) stayed optimistic about everything.
There were a lot of schools that came in wanting to speak with him over the last week. Williams thought that the number of schools interested intensified recently. That’s because it was the last week to get players on campus for visits before the early signing period. He wanted to find a school that he could make an immediate impact at. It was also important that a school would advocate for him to make it to the next level. He found that and more at Nebraska.
— Kevin Jr (@KWillJr79) December 11, 2021
“With Nebraska it was just a unique situation,” Williams told Hail Varsity. “I’m from here, we have a new offensive line coach and there’s a new offensive coordinator. I can come in the spring where everybody has learn the playbook. Everybody has to get in good with the offensive line coach. It’s even playing field. Coach Frost knows that he has to win now. He wanted to meet me face to face and talk to me. I got to meet with him and he sat with my family for two hours. We just talked getting to know each other and making sure that it’s a good fit.”
Williams is excited and optimistic about what’s to come. He wants to be the difference on the field for the Huskers. Instead of losing by single digits every game, the Huskers can turn that around. He knows that one more second of pass blocking makes a difference. One more finished run block can be the difference in another explosive play.
The Northern Colorado transfer is the first player to commit to new offensive line coach Donovan Raiola. Williams hit it off right away with the coach who is in his first couple days on campus. The pair had an instant connection because of Raiola’s passion for being at Nebraska.
“Coach Raiola, he’s a football addict,” Williams said. “We lost track of time watching film. They had to grab us out of meetings because it was time to talk to Coach Frost. They were doing officials with other recruits as well. He had stuff to do especially being his first day on campus. It was fun. I can tell we’re going to have a good time. We got along well. Time was flying because I can talk football all day. I can live in that film room.”
It was nice for Williams’ family to be able to see him in his element breaking down film. He noted that they don’t get to ever see that so he was happy to share that moment with them. His family was thrilled with the choice to pick Nebraska. They would have supported his decision either way. Everyone was comfortable that he would be supported in Lincoln.
“Nebraska just made the most sense,” Williams said. “Especially if I can be a part of the group that changes things around. Being from here, it’s an honor to be able to wear my state on my chest. It’s just a whole different perspective with that as well. I’ve grown up watching Nebraska football. [Ndamukong] Suh was my favorite player growing up through Little League and everything. I used to wear his number 93. It’s dope that I can come in and be part of the same program that he was.”
Williams also got to talk to his new coach’s brother and Husker legend Dominic Raiola. They hit it off too and Williams hopes to Dominic will mentor him. Williams knows that he played 14 years in the NFL and that’s what he wants to do.
Williams is ready to be a sponge and do what is asked of him to help the team and to reach his goals. The Huskers will likely bring in more competition to the offensive line room. The Omaha North graduate says that will fuel him to work harder. Williams is thrilled to join the team on Jan. 8 for winter conditioning.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.