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Williams signs LOI with Mississippi State

J.D. Summerlin/Daily Star

STARKVILLE STAR -- Basil Williams signed his letter of intent to play for Mississippi State Friday morning. He's pictured with Ponchatoula coach Johnny Brechtel, parents Basil Sr. and Lula Williams and Ponchatoula principal Danny Strickland

By J.D. SUMMERLIN

Daily Star Sports Editor

sports@hammondstar.com

Basil Williams had given his verbal commitment to Mississippi State earlier this year and Friday morning at Ponchatoula High, he made the commitment official by signing his letter of intent to play for the Bulldogs.

"It feels amazing," said Williams. "It's an accomplishment that I have wanted to have since I was a little kid. I just want to thank God for letting me have the opportunity to do that."

Williams has been one of the top baseball prospects in the state and with his size and speed and has been a presence for Ponchatoula in the lineup.

The 6-3, 180-pound outfielder was named the 2017 Perfect Game Underclass All-American team and received interest from multiple Division I schools. He chose Mississippi State over LSU, Southeastern, Louisiana-Lafayette, Ole Miss and Tulane.

Williams said he made the decision to sign with the Bulldogs because he felt comfortable in Starkville and liked the atmosphere.

Ponchatoula coach Johnny Brechtel said that Mississippi State is getting a good athlete and a player that can develop into an outstanding player.

"He's a pretty close to a five-tool player," said Brechtel. "He's got power from both sides, he's a switch-hitter, he's got a dynamite arm and he runs great. He's going to grow more and get heavier and stronger. He's a beast in the weight room. The ceiling on Basil is very high."

Brechtel said he wants to see an explosive season from Williams this year and knows that he has the potential to outperform what he has done as an underclassman at Ponchatoula.