Recruit Williams gets probation at plea hearing

Nebraska football recruit Josh Williams received deferred adjudication probation in a plea hearing in Denton County (Texas) Court on Wednesday morning.
2008-07-01T19:00:00Z 2012-07-27T12:52:34Z Recruit Williams gets probation at plea hearingBRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska football recruit Josh Williams received deferred adjudication probation in a plea hearing in Denton County (Texas) Court on Wednesday morning.

His attorney, Greg Boling, said Williams will face no conviction, providing he completes his two years of probation. Williams must also pay a $500 fine.

Williams, a defensive end who signed in February, said Wednesday he’s coming to Lincoln to begin the second session of summer classes on July 14.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini couldn’t be reached for immediate comment through Nebraska media relations. Williams’ status with the team, however, has never changed. Pelini said June 12 he expected a favorable resolution to the case, but otherwise has had no comment.

Williams, 18, was accused of robbing a man of $900 in Denton on April 4. Charges of robbery, a second degree felony, were filed June 19 in Denton County Court. Boling said those charges were dropped, and that Williams pled to the lesser-included charge of assault. The case is closed, Boling said.

“This is a real good kid that got into a situation,” Boling said. “I’ve spent three or four weeks with him and his mother, and they’re fine people.

“I certainly don’t think this should in any way affect how people feel about Josh Williams. I hold him in the highest regard. And I hold the Nebraska coaching staff in the highest regard for not knee jerking on this and making sure they got all the facts before making a decision on letting Josh come.”

A 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end standout from Denton’s Ryan High School, Williams was one of 28 players to sign a national letter of intent with Nebraska this past recruiting season.

During his senior year, he had 75 tackles, 25 of them for losses, along with 12 sacks.

Reach Brian Rosenthal at 473-7436 or

Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

activate-button-3 FULL ACCESS

Stay Connected

LJS Sports voices

Steven M. Sipple | Lincoln Journal Star

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

Ken Hambleton | Lincoln Journal Star

Ken grew up in Chicago and is a Doane College grad. His Mr. Sportsknowitall column appears Sundays, and he covers a variety of beats.

Brian Christopherson | Lincoln Journal Star

Brian graduated from UNL and has covered Husker football since the Solich years. He's in his seventh year as the NU football beat writer for the Journal Star.

Brian Rosenthal | Lincoln Journal Star

Brian is a Hastings College grad and has covered NU sports for the Journal Star since 2001. He also had stops at the Hutchison News and York News-Times.

Ryly Jane Hambleton | Lincoln Journal Star

A Scottsbluff native, Ryly Jane graduated from UNL and started at the Journal Star in 1974. She covers prep football, boys basketball and baseball.

Ron Powell | Lincoln Journal Star

Ron is a long-time prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers prep volleyball, girls basketball and tennis in addition to Husker and pro tennis.

Brent Wagner | Lincoln Journal Star

Brent is a York native who started at the Journal Star in 2002 while attending UNL. He covers Stars hockey, NU volleyball and prep soccer and cross country.

Lori Griffin | Lincoln Journal Star

Lori is a Lincoln Southeast and UNL grad and has been at the Journal Star since 1985. She covers NU gymnastics, softball and bowling and prep softball.

Sports Calendar

June 23
@ Winnipeg
1:30 p.m.

June 24
@ St. Paul
  7 p.m.

June 25
@ St. Paul
7 p.m.