East St. John DE Daren Williams commits back to Tulane

Getting Daren Williams on campus for the final recruiting weekend appears to have paid dividends for Tulane.

Williams, a highly regarded defensive end from Reserve East St. John High, has switched his commitment back to the Green Wave from Kansas State, East St. John coach Phillip Banko said Monday.

Williams, who committed to Tulane in September, pledged to Kansas State after his official visit there on the weekend of Jan. 24.

“As far as I know, he’s going to Tulane,” Banko said. “I saw him this morning about 8 o’clock, and he said he had changed. He felt more comfortable at Tulane. Both of them recruited him very hard and have a lot to offer. He just wanted to stay close to home.”

Banko sent an invitation to selected reporters for East St. John’s Signing Day ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Tulane is listed as Williams’ choice. He is one of 10 East St. John players expecting to sign somewhere.

A source at Tulane said nothing would be certain until the signature was in hand. The tug-of-war for Williams between Tulane and Kansas State has been intense in recent weeks.

When he committed to Kansas State, Williams said the Wildcats’ status in the Big 12 was no factor in his decision, instead citing his relationship with the coaches and academic advisors. He added he also had a good relationship with Tulane’s coaches.

Williams joins Sean Wilson of Port Sulphur and Peter Woullard of St. Augustine as Tulane defensive end commitments. The Wave has 22 commitments overall, including two players who already have signed and enrolled in the spring semester: offensive lineman Raul Diaz of Miami Central and athlete Niguel Veal of West Jefferson.