This is the sixth in a series of mini-profiles The Oregonian is publishing on high school football players expected to sign with Oregon State. National signing day is Feb. 5.

Name: Dwayne Williams

Hometown: Killeen, Texas

Position: Cornerback

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 158

High school: Shoemaker

Beavers fans should be excited because: Dwayne Williams has done his research.

He realizes Oregon State has a knack for mining diamonds out of Texas' talent-rich high school gridirons. And he knows that the Beavers tied for sixth nationally with 19 interceptions in 2013.

Those two facts forced Williams to draw a simple conclusion before verbally committing Sunday: He and OSU are a perfect match. The two-star recruit believes he can become the next unheralded Texan to flourish in Corvallis, continuing a legacy that includes Atlanta Falcons James and Jacquizz Rodgers.

Williams' story surely resembles those of hundreds of lightly touted prospects scattered across the country. He is somewhat undersized for his position. He played for a rebuilding prep program. And though he garnered interest from big-school powers Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor, Williams never landed an offer.

"He was always in the conversation," Shoemaker High School coach Channon Hall said. "It was just about pulling the trigger with him."

Before OSU offered, Williams' top suitors were New Mexico State and Nevada. While BCS powers saw a diminutive corner who could struggle against rangy wideouts, Hall explained, the Beavers saw potential.

Williams is a speedy 17-year-old with a keen awareness of how to sneak in front of his man. He tallied 10 interceptions his senior year for the 7-4 Wolves, the winningest team in program history. Hall estimates Williams ran picks back for a combined 300 yards, recorded two touchdowns and blocked a punt as well as a field goal.

"He did it all," Hall said. "When they threw it his way, he either knocked it down or picked it off."