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Recruit signs with Tulane after mom nixes Texas Tech, others

Curtis Johnson AP

And here we had thought that (thankfully) the recruiting drama for the Class of 2013 was in the rearview mirror.

Edward Williams, a three-star linebacker from New Orleans, had every intention of signing with Texas Tech early last month.  The only problem with that?  A signature from a parent or guardian is required because Williams is under the age of 18 and his mother did not want him to attend the school in Lubbock, preferring her son stay closer to home and attend Tulane.

“Right now things have been shaky, because my mother does not want me to go to Texas Tech,” Williams told PelicanPreps.com Feb. 21. “She has her reasons, but I still prefer to be in Lubbock. She really wants me to go to Tulane, but I do not like it there. So it has to be where I am happy.”

Williams, though, stated the same day that “I am going to Texas Tech, I have my heart set on them. … I like everything about it. I can see myself playing there.”

The mother, however, couldn’t.

One workaround for Williams would’ve been to wait until he turned 18 in June and sign a financial aid agreement with the Red Raiders, which would not have required his mom’s Herbie Hancock.  In fact, that was reportedly his intention as of a week ago; in the end, however, mom “won” as Williams, PelicanSports.com reports, signed his National Letter of Intent and turned his paperwork into Tulane late this past week on a visit to the school in his home state.

On National Signing Day Feb. 6, Williams had stated his top three choices were Miami, Oregon State, and Texas Tech, with the latter serving as the front-runner heading into signing day.  The mother, Rose Williams, claims that the choice was her son’s to make.

“My son made the decision last night and we discussed it as a family”, said Mrs. Williams. “I always felt Tulane was the best option for my son, but he had to choose where he wanted to go. Him and his father (Edward Williams IV) went to Tulane and signed early this morning.”

“Tulane just made me feel more comfortable with what they have to offer academic wise. Edward took notice to the same thing and he decided to stay home.”

Williams had originally committed to Texas A&M in June of last year before reopening his recruitment in late January, just a couple of weeks before signing day.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Dallas Morning News)

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10 Responses to “Recruit signs with Tulane after mom nixes Texas Tech, others”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 3, 2013 7:26 PM

    Sounds somewhat like a torn young man. Glad to see his father and mother are involved in his decision and that it was a family meeting and family decision. Texas Tech is a fine school. Tulane is a fine school. It could be that when he learned more about Tulane and what it had to offer that he was more comfortable with making a decision for Tulane.

    I know his parents, Edward and Rose want to see him play and he will want that as well. His parents and other family members may not be able to travel out to Lubbock often and would be at every home game in New Orleans.

    I wish the young man well at Tulane. I hope he is a success in every good way there.

  2. noring4youstill says: Mar 3, 2013 7:27 PM

    Jesus. Way to go mom

  3. gatiger says: Mar 3, 2013 9:03 PM

    College football is just way too hard for the kid’s heart not to be at Tulane. Sure, I understand the parents would like him to be closer to home, give them an opportunity to see him play, but geesh.

    Can see him either transferring or giving it up altogether.

  4. chex1868 says: Mar 3, 2013 10:00 PM

    Another drama mama. Poor kid.

  5. ningenito78 says: Mar 3, 2013 10:26 PM

    She really wants me to go to Tulane, but I do not like it there. So it has to be where I am happy

    There’s an endorsement that should have Tulane fans dancing in the streets over his signing.

  6. normtide says: Mar 4, 2013 7:51 AM

    I don’t agree totally with it, but I also don’t get involved with how others parent their children. She obviously cares, just maybe too much. Then again, maybe she knows her child better then we do. Either way, best of luck. Myself, I prefer to see a parent too involved then not at all. Way too many absent mothers and fathers these days. So no, not going to bash this woman.

  7. metalhead65 says: Mar 4, 2013 1:09 PM

    what happened was she made her son realize that mamma can’t keep the money if you not sign with tulane.

  8. smadison29 says: Mar 4, 2013 1:17 PM

    Hey John, your report is incorrect. According to NCAA rules the binding agreement between a student-athlete under the age of 21 and a member institution is only valid if the student-athlete’s parent or legal guardian also signs it. Alex Collins was 18 years old on signing day when his mom refused to sign which is why he needed his dad to sign his LOI.

    https://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/nli/nli/document+library/reference+guide+to+the+nli

    Rule is in the middle section under Valid NLI.

    “Must include a parent or legal guardian signature if the prospective student-athlete is under the age of 21, regardless of marital status.”

  9. blackbear10 says: Mar 4, 2013 2:25 PM

    From ESPN.com:

    “Williams felt he could trust second-year Tulane coach Curtis Johnson, while Texas Tech broke its promises, he told the newspaper.”

    “Johnson told the newspaper that the Williams “family is magnificent. They made a family decision. They rolled with the family.””

    I give it one year….you do not need a parent’s signature to transfer…do you? LOL

  10. nawlinsmitty says: Mar 5, 2013 12:54 AM

    Mom should be ashamed of herself. How long is she going to keep this kid tied to her apron strings?

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