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Montana State eventually wins out for Aledo, Texas DT Williams


Editor’s note: Montana State welcomed nine high school prospects to campus the final recruiting weekend of the winter the last weekend of January 2018. Eight of those recruits ended up signing National Letters of Intent with MSU the first week of February.

In the coming weeks, Skyline Sports will print a series of stories about each of those commitments to Montana State. This is the fourth installment of that series featuring Aledo, Texas 3-star defensive tackle James Williams.

PART I: Montana State’s loyalty helps Bobcats land Eastside Catholic star Putney

PART II: Washington Gatorade Player of the Year Ifanse eventually chooses Montana State

James Williams credits his drive to observing his mother’s perseverance through a decade of raising him and his siblings on her own.

So when the recent graduate of Aledo (Texas) High School floated the idea of moving 1,500 miles north to play defensive tackle for Jeff Choate at Montana State, the thought of living so far away weighed heavy on the teenager.

Sondra Williams raised James and his four siblings since he was “seven or eight” after his parents got divorced. As James began high school in Everman, he “started running with the wrong crowd” according to an article by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Sondra decided to move the family to Aledo, a suburb of Fort Worth that boasts one of Texas’ top football programs.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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