Top-10 senior Ziaire Williams committed to Stanford on Sunday, becoming the Cardinal's highest-ranked recruit since at least 2007.
Williams picked Stanford over a final group that also included Arizona, USC, North Carolina and UCLA. He took his time throughout his recruitment, taking an official visit to USC last summer and following that up with trips to North Carolina and Arizona in the fall.
Coming out of the fall, it appeared Arizona and USC were the favorites because of his perceived preference to stay in the West. Over the winter and into the spring, Stanford's effort ultimately paid off.
The Cardinal have been involved as long as anyone in Williams' recruitment, as the talented forward first took an unofficial visit to Stanford's campus in 2017 as a sophomore. The Cardinal were considered a favorite early in his recruitment and stayed in the mix even as blue bloods and Pac-12 powerhouses became involved.