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Atrilleon Williams talks Rutgers commitment

Rutgers landed its first commitment tonight as New York athlete Atrilleon Williams of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains offered up his verbal pledge to the Scarlet Knights.

"I just called Coach Bill Busch and he put me through on a line with Coach Ash listening in as well. We talked about Rutgers a little bit and right then I knew and I just decided to commit," Williams told Scarlet Nation. "Coach Busch was pretty ecstatic. They really want me to take an unofficial visit to Rutgers pretty soon. I’m planning on heading over there sometime in the next month."

Williams went on to talk about why he committed so early.

"The main reason I committed was because of the coaching staff. They honestly made me want to commit. They talk to me more about my off the field stuff than on the field stuff. They are always asking me about my daily routine like how's school going, how am I healing today and much more. They really just talk me about me and not as much about my game."

It has been quite a few months since Williams has been down to Rutgers, but that visit actually put him in touch with some prospects in his class of 2018.

"My last visit to Rutgers was for a Junior Day visit that I took some time before the season. I met a lot of potential recruits that could end up going to Rutgers as well and I hope I can convince some of them to join me too," Williams said.

A fellow New York RU commit also helped sell Williams on the program.

"Shameen Jones definitely encouraged me to join Rutgers as well. We play in the same league and we have been pretty close for a while now," Williams said. "We compete on and off the field with just about everything we do.

Williams only played three weeks into this past season after tearing his ACL.

"My physical therapist tells me I’m ahead of schedule so that’s good news," Williams said.

Regardless of that injury, Williams became an early priority for the RU coaching staff.

"Coach Ash just told me again that he wanted me there. He wants me to compete and hopefully I get a chance to play freshman year rather than redshirting."