Photo courtesy of LSR7 School District

August 19, 2023

By Fred Liggett

The city of Lee’s Summit became the center of the sports world on a Monday afternoon as colleges all across the country awaited the announcement of what school Lee’s Summit North football standout Williams Nwaneri was making a commitment too. Nwaneri, a 5-star prospect, chose Missouri at a 3 p.m. press conference held inside the LSN gymnasium.

Many scouting services called Williams, a defensive end, the best player in Missouri. Some services tabbed Williams as the best defensive player in the nation for the 2024 class. Williams who checks in at 6’6″ and 260 pounds turned away many suitors offering full ride scholarships. By committing to Missouri, Williams said no to college football powerhouses like Oklahoma, Georgia, Oregon and Tennessee.

August 14th will be remembered as a momentous day for not only the Nwaneri family but also the LS North Broncos football program. Broncos head coach Jamar Mozee believes the day “symbolizes progress.” Mozee adds “consider it a blessing and shows what a great player we have too.”

Williams when making the announcement sat behind a table along with his father, mother and two siblings. The commitment was made on front of cameras from several Kansas City TV stations and was streamed on ESPN+. To arrive at this point is a true success story. Coach Mozee says of Nwaneri “He didn’t play his freshman year, began his sophomore year on JV.” Mozee states “just kind of happened, the bigger he got the better he got.”

Williams admitted Mizzou head coach Eli Drinkwitz and MU defensive line coach Kevin Peoples who recruited Williams “factored in his decision.” A year from now Williams will be lining up to play for both coaches. Up next for Williams is his senior season as a LSN Bronco with the first game set for August 25th at Broncos Stadium. Williams’s immediate goal is to finish his last year with the Broncos as a state champion