It didn't take long for 'Marquette Madness' to make an impression on at least one recruit.
Erik Williams, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound junior forward from Cypress Springs (Tex.) High School gave MU an oral commitment on Sunday afternoon, becoming the first player from the 2009 class to do so for the Golden Eagles.
Williams said he'd also received scholarship offers from Alabama, Texas A&M and Baylor, all of whom he'd also visited unofficially, but that he was sold on MU and convinced that was where he'd fare best.
Williams averaged 11.1 points and around 8.5 rebounds last season en route to earning second team all-district honors. Also notable were his 102 blocked shots, which shattered the previous school record.
Williams, who projected himself as a wing for the Golden Eagles, is the second player in as many years to commit to MU either prior to or shortly into his junior year. Nick Williams, a guard from Mobile, Ala., committed to MU last summer as he headed into his junior year.
Erik Williams' Rivals.com profile