Committed To Virginia Tech, Thomas Williams Set To Visit Again This Weekend

Thomas Williams will play defensive back for Virginia Tech. (Anderson Independent Mail)
Thomas Williams will play defensive back for Virginia Tech. (Anderson Independent Mail)

Thomas Williams
Athlete, Class of 2023
Powdersville, Greenville, SC
5-10, 180

Early in his childhood, Powdersville (SC) three-star athlete Thomas Williams played baseball, in addition to football. By age eight, he’d already decided to concentrate solely on football.

Even then, Williams said he was sure with his decision. The same level of confidence he felt then, Williams said he feels now about his commitment on July 4 to Virginia Tech. It’s all about connections, which he first felt with coach Brent Pry at his previous stop, Penn State. It didn’t take long for those feelings to move to the Hokies, as Pry moved.

“I like the coaches, Coach (Derek) Jones, Coach (Michael) Hazel and Coach (Brent) Pry,” Williams said. “Coach Pry and Coach Hazel, they were at Penn State, and they offered me there. When they transferred over to Virginia Tech, that’s when everything changed. I fell in love with Virginia Tech. I felt like they showed their loyalty with me, staying with me even though the staffs changed.”

Still, Williams said he wasn’t completely sold until he took his official visit to Virginia Tech on June 10. The trip gave him a chance to bond with his host, sophomore cornerback Dorian Strong, as well as other players.

“On my official, that’s what I went there for, to get a feel for the town and how the people are,” Williams said. “You can tell they’re very supportive of the college.

“Dorian, he’s just very chill. All the other players, you can tell they have a strong bond, a brotherhood bond. When they talk to Coach Jones, it’s just a strong relationship. That’s something I want, to have a strong relationship with the coaches.”

Williams,’s No. 11 player in South Carolina for the class, said he also spent time on that trip talking with Pry and Jones about how he fit on the defense. He said the Hokies initially recruited him as an athlete, before getting a little clarity on his position to start.

“I talked to Coach Pry and he asked where I wanted to play,” Williams said. “I said DB, so I’ll start off as a DB first. Then, I’ll move on from there. That’s what I was hoping to do.”

Williams said he’s set to graduate from high school in December, to enroll at Virginia Tech and participate in spring practice. For one, that will give him a chance to start early on his dream of being a graphic designer.

“I try doing edits and stuff,” Williams said. “I know a couple of photographers