Shoemaker senior Dwayne Williams went into the weekend with an open mind heading into his recruiting trip to Oregon State University.
But on Saturday afternoon all it took was a face-to-face with Beavers head coach Mike Riley to seal the deal.
“I decided then that I wanted to commit,” Williams said.
Williams committed to OSU over the weekend after meeting members of the coaching staff and touring the Corvallis, Ore., campus.
Williams said he chose Oregon State over Nevada because he clicked with everyone he met on the recruiting trip. His only recruiting trips were to Nevada and OSU.
Schools cannot comment about recruits or commits until National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Williams plans on enrolling at OSU in July and said he’s already looking forward to playing in front of the orange and black-clad Beaver fans at Reser Stadium for the first time.
“I’m really excited for that,” Williams said. “Being able to play on the big stage in front of thousands and thousands of people.”
Williams’ last season as a Grey Wolf was a memorable one as he helped the school make the playoffs for the second time in its history and was named a first team all-state defensive back.
Williams was a ball hawk with 10 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He totaled 276 yards on 10 returns.
The Grey Wolves finished third in district after winning just two games in 2012. Shoemaker’s only previous postseason appearance came in 2008.
For Shoemaker head coach Channon Hall, the attention Williams received from colleges was well deserved.
“He’s put in the work to deserve this,” Hall said. “It’s an honor to play in the Pac-12 and be in a big conference. I think he’s going to do great things in that conference.”
In 2013, the Beavers finished fourth in the Pac-12 North Division with a 4-5 record and were 7-6 overall.
Oregon State lost five straight conference games before beating Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
The Beavers finished the season with the College Bowl Subdivision’s 91st- ranked scoring defense that allowed 31.4 points per game.
Williams is currently the only cornerback in the Class of 2014 that is committed to the Beavers. Oregon State looks to replace senior cornerbacks Sean Martin, Rashaad Reynolds and Jovan Stevenson who were listed as either starters or second team on the Beavers depth chart.
“They have a few spots open and they told me I could go up there and compete, I have the opportunity to go up there and play,” Williams said.