Anthony "Pooka" Williams committed to Kansas in February.

Ten months later, the Hahnville senior running back stuck with that decision, continuing the New Orleans to Lawrence pipeline.

Williams, one of the state's most dynamic football players, signed with Kansas on Friday, the final day of the NCAA's early signing period.

"I've been feeling Kansas a long time," Williams said. "That's where my heart was. I stayed true to my commitment from Day 1. It was very hard. But I am a man of my words."

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Williams said his other two finalists were LSU and Nebraska.  

"They were very close too, but I had to be a man of my commitment," Williams said.

Williams said it was the family-like atmosphere that made him choose the Jayhawks.

"It's family," Williams said." It wasn't anybody just randomly talking. It was like family."

Williams continues what has been a steady flow of players making their way from New Orleans to play for the Big XII Jayhawks.

Williams is one of seven players from the New Orleans area now on the Kansas roster and the second to sign during the early signing period. Landry-Walker defensive back Corione Harris signed with the Jayhawks on Wednesday.

Other New Orleans area players already on the roster at Kansas are defensive back Mike Lee (Landry-Walker), receiver Takulve Williams (St. Augustine), receiver Travis Jordan (Landry-Walker), quarterback Tyriek Starks (Warren Easton) and offensive lineman Malik Clark (Warren Easton).  Lee, Harris and Takulve Williams all attended Wednesday's signing ceremony in the River Room in Luling.

Credit Kansas assistant Tony Hull, the former Warren Easton coach who Kansas hired two seasons ago, for the school's success in recruiting the area. 

"He played a big role," Williams said.  "When we talk, we talk like family."

The 5-foot-9, 165 pounds Williams is rated a three-star recruit by 247 sports.

He finished with 3,118 yards and 37 rushing touchdowns in leading the Tigers to the Class 5A state championship game, where they lost 34-14 to Zachary. He rushed 36 times for 210 yards and a touchdown in his final game.

Hahnville finished 12-3 in reaching the title game for the first time since 2003.

"He's the kind that can change a program," Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. "If he's got good football players around him, he can be electric. Going into that conference, it fits his skill set. It's a conference not known for playing defense and playing wide-open offense and that's what he wants. It's almost like they are playing Canadian football so he'll fit right in with his skill set ."

Williams said he expects to play a similar role in college as he did in high school.

"I'm expected to come in and be the man like at Hahnville," Williams said. "They want me to be an all- around athlete."

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