Tujautae Williams, a 6’6″ senior wing, of Orr High School (IL) and the Chicago Demons has made his commitment to Tennessee Tech and head coach John Pelphrey. Williams was our top ranked uncommitted 2019 player before today. Coach Pelphrey and staff got in late on the recruitment of Williams just offering him a scholarship last month.
Williams went from an under recruited player just a year ago to one of the most sough after 2019’s in the Midwest. We were able to catch up with the future Golden Eagle and hear why he picked Tennessee Tech.
The other schools Williams was considering before picking the Golden Eagles were Cincinnati, Minnesota, and TCU. When we asked him why he picked Tennessee Tech over offers from some more well known programs “I didn’t really care about none of that, I wanted to go somewhere where I can make an impact immediately and be the face of a program.”
Another reason for the commitment was new assistant coach Andre Bell, who is a Chicago native. “Coach Bell came right in time and just was recruiting me hard and had a great relationship with me,” Williams told us. He also mentioned “I was big on relationships. That what really helped pushed me to make this decision.”
Williams will join Coach Pelphrey in Cookeville for his first year at Tennessee Tech who was hired back in April. Pelphrey takes over for Steve Payne who resigned after an 8-23 record this past season. TTU is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference along with Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois, Belmont, and others. At the next level for Tech Williams sees himself as a 6’6″ point guard. Expect him to be a big piece as the Golden Eagles and Pelphrey look to build up the program.
— Tujautae Williams (@TujautaeW) June 9, 2019