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By Will Nations
Six West Point Green Wave football seniors signed their individual national letters of intent on National Signing Day Wednesday morning at West Point High School.
Aeris Williams was the main focus in the high schoolâ€™s auditorium as the senior tailback finally inked with Mississippi State University after verbally committing to the Bulldogs in early August.
Though already verbally committed, Williams said he was still nervous when he made the announcement on the auditorium stage.
â€śItâ€™s just done now,â€ť Williams said. â€śI am looking forward to joining my future teammates and winning the Egg Bowl for the next four years.â€ť
Williams is the Clarion-Ledgerâ€™s Mr. Football for the state and was a preseason Dandy Dozen selection for the Jackson-based newspaper.
The running back tallied over 2,000 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns during the 2013 football season. Williams also played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game in 2013.
Williams was impressed by the 2014 Mississippi State signing class. The news of Clinton High School Dandy Dozen Grant Harris signing an hour earlier this morning was the biggest pick up for the â€śCatch Up Gang.â€ť
â€śI didnâ€™t think I would be nervous,â€ť Williams said. â€śBut when I got on stage, I got nervous, but I am happy to sign. I am excited to get after it this summer. We already close and have nickname â€“ the Catch Up Gang.â€ť
Veronica Williams, Aeris Williamsâ€™ mother, is relieved her son has made the decision official after many years on the gridiron. She knows she will have a close eye on her son in Starkville.
â€śIt is a big relief,â€ť Veronica said. â€śI am happy that he chose the school he wanted to go to. He is happy. I am glad it is over with.
â€śIf I have to shake him a little bit, he wonâ€™t be too far awayâ€ť Veronica added.
Williams joins former West Point players and teammates Justin Cox and Curtis Virges that are already wearing the maroon and white.
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