Krystian Williams Commits To “Family Atmosphere” At Virginia Tech

Krystian Williams
Krystian Williams is one of five Richmond players to commit to the Hokies this year. (@KrystianWill4)

Krystian Williams
Athlete, Class of 2023
Collegiate School, Richmond, VA
6-2, 170

The decision was already made, but Collegiate School (Va.) three-star defensive back Krystian Williams still hadn’t figured out the best way to make it official.

Williams,’s No. 26 player in Virginia for 2023, notified Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry a few weeks ago that he wanted to commit to the Hokies. He’d thought about announcing it during his family’s cruise vacation to The Bahamas. But Pry had another idea. He suggested Williams commit at 4 pm ET on July 18, just before he was slated to speak at a Hokie Club meeting in Richmond.

In the car, on his family’s drive back from the cruise ship’s port in Charleston, South Carolina, Williams announced his decision. He was somewhere near the North Carolina/Virginia border, with little cellular service for his phone, but he found enough to put out the message. It’s a decision Williams said is the overall best fit for him and his family.

“It was already pre-planned,” he said of the commitment. “Coach Pry text me at two or three and said, ‘it’s getting close to that time.’ He said everyone would be excited. After the event, he said, ‘everyone is fired up, super excited to support a new Hokie.’”

Williams said he made the decision to commit to Tech over Wake Forest and Rutgers, the latter which he officially visited June 10. He officially visited the Hokies June 24, which helped cement his decision.

“Just the overall feel, it was everything I was looking for as far as a family, the coaching staff and players,” Williams said. “They were all great people. I just wanted a family atmosphere. Everyone wants everyone to succeed there, and that was huge for me.”

That included Williams’ host on the visit, redshirt freshman defensive back Jalen Hoyle.

“Jalen is just a great guy, he answered any questions I had, made sure I was good, and we had a lot of fun,” Williams said. “A lot of times, we just chilled and talked about life. We talked about what he’s looking forward to, what he thinks I might do my first year, so I got a good feel of things from him. I was there with Braylon Johnson, Dante Lovett, and they’re cool, too. They’re all DBs, and I’m looking forward to getting to work with those guys. We all got along pretty well.”

The visit also gave Williams a chance to talk more with his primary recruiter, Fontel Mines, as well as his position coach, Derek Jones. Mines, who just joined the Virginia Tech staff in January, had recruited