Crosby running back headed to Baylor
Craig “Sqwirl” Williams started playing flag football when he was 4 years old.
On Thursday, Dec. 21, with a highlight reel from his senior year being projected on the wall, the Crosby High School senior celebrated his signing his national letter of intent to play college football at Baylor University that he’d signed the previous day.
The NCAA moved the early signing period up from February to Dec. 20 for the first time in 2017.
“The recruitment process was great and all,” Williams said. “But signing that paper yesterday, and just getting it out of the way, is something I wanted to do for myself and my family.
“I knew Waco was where I wanted to be, so I just went ahead and signed on the dotted line,” he said.
Baylor struggled in 2017, going 1-11 under new head coach Matt Rhule.
“As far as I see it, Baylor can be 1-11 or 11-1. It’s Baylor,” Williams said. “It’s a great education, and it’s somewhere I can go and build my legacy and turn the program around.”
Williams was on varsity all four years of high school. He was named second team all-district running back his freshman year. He was named an honorable mention all-state running back his senior season.
Williams ran for 1,995 total yards and 31 touchdowns in 2017. He had 2,440 all-purpose yards and 34 touchdowns.
He ran for four or more touchdowns on six separate occasions this year.
“Craig is the epitome of a running back” said coach Jeff Riordan. “He can do it all.”
Williams eclipsed 150 rushing yards in seven of Crosby’s 11 games this season, eclipsing 250 rushing yards three times.
He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 72-yard touchdown reception.
“The thing about Craig is he’s a student athlete,” said Riordan. “Craig did what he needed to do in the classroom, and on the field to get him to this spot.”
Williams got his nickname from when he was out in a field at around 5 years old and chased and caught a squirrel after a challenge from his father.
“The community of Crosby played an amazing role in my journey,” said Williams. “It has pretty much built me into the guy I am today. With football being there and the community having my back, it really meant a lot.”