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Williams to play at East Carolina

Terry Williams received a football scholarship offer from East Carolina University on Tuesday and didn't wait long to accept it.

The Grayson linebacker committed to the Pirates' program on Thursday, becoming the third player on the Rams' defense to commit to a college. He is the son of Terry and Erica Williams.

"I just felt like it was the right time," Williams said of the quick commitment. "I felt like that's where I wanted to be."

Williams chose East Carolina over offers from Eastern Michigan, Kent State, South Alabama, Georgia Southern and Samford.

"I visited up there on Sept. 23 and I loved the atmosphere," Williams said. "I felt at home. The coaches really liked me and I liked the school. It will be my home for the next four years."

The 6-foot-1, 255-pound Williams, who runs a 4.8-second 40-yard dash, is being recruited as a middle linebacker by the Pirates. Williams leads Grayson in tackles with 56 stops and has two sacks and an interception this season.

"Terry is a three-year starter for us. I'm really excited for him," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said.

"I define him as a winner because he raises the play of everyone around him."

Williams recorded 106 tackles and one sack as a sophomore. He had 97 tackles and six sacks and an interception last season. The Rams also used him in short yardage situations on offense and he scored six TDs last year.

Williams is the third player on the Rams' defense to commit to a college, joining defensive lineman Shawn Green (Georgia Tech) and defensive back Kori Gaines (BYU).

Grayson's defense is allowing 8 ppg with four shutouts this season.

The Rams (8-0) can clinch their second straight Region 8-AAAAA championship tonight against winless Meadowcreek.