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Southeast Raleigh senior Tyler Williams commits to NC State

Posted June 26

Tyler Williams (10) of Southeast Raleigh. With all games cancelled for Friday night football, Wake Forest traveled to Southeast Raleigh on Monday, September 5, 2016 to make-up Friday's game.  Wake Forest crushed Southeast Raleigh 48 to 13. (Photo By: Beth Jewell/HighSchoolOT)

— Southeast Raleigh standout wide receiver Tyler Williams has committed to NC State, the senior announced Monday afternoon via Twitter.

NC State offered the standout senior a scholarship on June 17.

The standout Bulldog also held offers from Appalachian State, UNC-Charlotte, Colorado State, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Limestone, Maryland, NC Central and Old Dominion.

Williams said ECU, Colorado State and Maryland were three other schools he heavily considered, but NC State's family atmosphere put the Pack ahead of the rest.

“It’s a family oriented place, [and] it’s close to home," Williams said. "I know a good amount of staff and coaches there, and a few players – I went to school with some of them. It’s kind of like a big family over there.”

Williams said NC State's coaching staff has treated him differently than any other during his recruiting process, making him feel like a part of a family rather than just another potential commitment.

“We toured around, and every single person and coach I met really sat and talked to me as a person," he said. "Not just like a coach, but a grown man, like man-to-man conversation, just talk and chop it up a little bit; that’s really want drew me. Plus I knew a good amount of staff there, so it was like a family.”

Williams' NC State roots are deep, having pulled for the Wolfpack from a young age, and having an uncle who works for the university.

The NC State pledge is also friends with several incoming commits, including Clayton wide receiver Devin Carter and Sanderson running back Trent Pennix.

“Me and Dev [Carter] talked about every week about committing," Williams said. "I grew up with Trent [Pennix]; I’ve known him since about fifth grade. I have a great relationship with a lot of the recruits, so that tied into it a lot.”

Although Williams and Carter attend different high schools – Southeast Raleigh and Clayton – the two have talked about teaming up at the collegiate ranks for quite some time.

“It’s kind of unreal, but I’m happy about it,” Williams said.

Last season on Southeast Raleigh, Williams led the Bulldogs with 25 receptions for 480 yards and six touchdowns. He posted a season-high seven catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 24-0 victory on Sept. 30 against Knightdale.

The multi-skilled Williams also stood out on the Bulldogs’ punt return unit, tallying 210 total return yards and two scores. Williams averaged 21 yards per return in 2016. Williams ranked first on Southeast Raleigh's 2016 squad 778 all-purpose yards, posting an average of 78 yards per contest.

He also started in the secondary for the Bulldogs, which is where the NC State coaching staff envisions the Raleigh native thriving at the next level.

Williams said the coaching staff has indicated that he will play either nickel corner or safety and continue returning punts on the special teams unit.

“They want me to do a good amount of stuff there, and I’m willing to do it,” Williams said. “I love receiver and I love defense. It’s mainly about getting on the field and the next level. Whatever can get me on the field, that’s what I want to play.”

Tyler Williams Highlights

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