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Aggie baseball lands top prospect, longtime Longhorn commit

By Gabe Bock

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May 29, 2012
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The Aggie baseball team pulled off an incredible recruiting coup on Tuesday, landing a commitment and signed National Letter of Intent from one of the top outfield prospects nationally in the Class of 2012.

Galveston Ball senior Billy "Nick" Williams pulled a last-minute switch-a-roo Tuesday at his high school, choosing Texas A&M after originally committing to the Texas Longhorns about nine months ago. But after a recent visit to Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, Rob Childress and the Ags were able to get back into the picture. And when it came time to make a decision, Williams found himself wearing maroon.

Williams announced his official decision Tuesday on Twitter (@NW1Superstar):

"Done with school. Signed letter of intent to Texas A&M. What's left to do? Geez, what else can go really good for me?"

At 6-3, 195 pounds, the left-handed Williams is built like a young Ken Griffey, Jr. and possesses more tools than a Home Depot Superstore. He's nearly as fast as Krey Bratsen with a better arm and hits a fastball like Luke Anders. And if he can slip through next week's MLB Draft without going too high - and without the team that selects him backing up the money train - Williams will arrive on the A&M campus ready to make an immediate impact this fall.

According to Perfect Game USA, Williams ran a 6.47 60-yard sprint last June and was clocked two summers ago at 89 miles-per-hour on the mound. He's known for his ability to hit fastballs a ton but is still working on handling off-speed pitching.

Also an excellent football player at Ball High School, Williams is widely considered the most athletic high school prep baseball player in Texas in 2012 and many believe him to be a top three overall recruit in the Texas senior class.

It's not often that a longtime Longhorn baseball commit pulls a switch like this … especially this late in the game. But it's clear that Childress and Co. have more than narrowed the gap between Texas and everyone else in the State. The Aggies are winning at an all-time high level right now, and the move to the SEC only helps A&M on the recruiting trail.

Texas A&M and Texas may not play each other next year in baseball (although they might … both coaches would love to keep playing). But the battle for superiority remains ongoing and as strong as ever.
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Aggie baseball lands top prospect, longtime Longhorn commit

This is a huge pickup if he winds up coming to school. Great job staff.
Just hope he comes to school and puts MLB off for a couple of years.
always good to get a top player

how good of a hitter is he btw?
Hmmm. Wonder why he switched commitments when he is predicted to be a very high draft pick. A few months ago, it was thought that he was definitely headed to the draft. Now I'm not sure whats going on.

Good news, anyway. But I'm definitely not holding my breath on this one.
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how good of a hitter is he btw?


very good.
Looks good on paper. Doubt we ever see him.
MLB prospect; hope he gets to campus. This kid can hit.
don't get the hopes up...i have been told he has not qualified to play d-1.. grades are not good. i think he is using it for leverage but if they know he is struggling in the class room then there is no leverage..
Island, he just graduated this week. You sure grades are an issue?
yes...i know the guy..
Here's an old article from February about the top OF prospects coming out of HS:

http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/baseball/tag/_/name/billy-nick-williams

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Williams could fit anywhere on this list and the argument for such a ranking would be legitimate and justified. He lacks polish and has big problems with offspeed stuff, which means his draft stock is based largely on his physical tools. He's a 70 runner with good raw power, but his mechanics at the plate need work and his defensive instincts are below average. If he maximizes his potential, he's a future star. Williams may benefit greatly from three years at the University of Texas.


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If he maximizes his potential, he's a future star. Williams may benefit greatly from three years at the University of Texas.


Who else thinks espn might put a different "spin" on this article today?

Something along the lines of "Signed with Texas A&M, but really should go pro where his swing can be developed by professional coaches."
Texas A&M baseball potentially could be about to step up from its already currently elite level, given the talent influx we will see with moving to the SEC. If he and Kohl Stewart make it to campus, we are going to be loaded.
Article from today's Galveston paper....

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/318366
Does he go by Nick to avoid the Billy D Williams references?
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Article from today's Galveston paper....

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/318366

I bet that was a painful article to write. That guy (who is a complete hack, by the way) is a UT grad who hasn't passed up too many chances to mention the horns while writing about Williams this year.
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don't get the hopes up...i have been told he has not qualified to play d-1.. grades are not good. i think he is using it for leverage but if they know he is struggling in the class room then there is no leverage..


Seems unlikely that an attorney's kid has grades which are so bad he can't qualify for D-1.

What does the rest of the class look like?
His grades are fine and he has already qualified D1. He will end up being one of the best Ags to ever lace em' up if he does not sign a pro contract. There is no such thing as leverage anymore with the new MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement. Every team has a finite budget to spend on the first (10) rounds.
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He will end up being one of the best Ags to ever lace em' up if he does not sign a pro contract


My money is on him being more like the next Choo Freeman/Chip Ambres. I hear the guy does have solid ankles though...
I guess Hinojosa decided not to switch as well?
Does Intrade have a line on him making it to campus?
No, Hinojosa ended up signing with Texas.
Kid is a sure first round pick in the draft, so I seriously doubt we will ever see him, but if we somehow do he will be a great one.
He is rated as the #100 pick by BA. Not first round but definitely high enough that we probably won't ever see him.
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