November 17, 2010
Junior college defensive tackle sets final three
Ole Miss loses at least three of its defensive tackles in the current rotation at the end of this season, and due to the heavy depth depletion, the Rebels are searching for immediate assistance along the defensive front.
Lawson Scott, LaMark Armour and Ted Laurent will be out of eligibility, and Jerrell Powe is undecided about entering the draft or returning to school. Ole Miss has some young players at the position, but the Southeastern Conference school is also searching junior colleges with the hope of immediate impact.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins was the first name to emerge, but he committed to Oklahoma State. Now, it looks like the Rebels will again battle the Cowboys for a talented defensive tackle.
Sylvester Williams (6-foot-3, 310) will graduate in December from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and enroll at the college of his choice for the spring semester. Williams won't announce his decision until the day he signs, but his final three are North Carolina, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State.
He visited the Tar Heels this past weekend and will take trips to see the other two schools the first and second weekends of December. Which trip is first is to be determined.
"I don't think I'll see a game at either place," Williams said. "It'll probably be after that."
Williams also has offers from Texas Tech, Kansas State, West Virginia and a plethora of non-BCS institutions.
"I had a nice time at North Carolina," Williams said. "The coaches are really cool people I can get along with, and the game was fun. I'm more familiar with Oklahoma State probably, and I know it's a good school. With Ole Miss, they have four defensive tackles leaving at the end of the year, so that's a good thing."
Coffeyville (6-4) will meet College of DuPage (Ill.) (6-5) in the Graphic Edge Bowl in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sunday. The Red Ravens were 6-0 and ranked No. 3 nationally before losing four straight games to end the season.
Williams is focused on finishing his season before making a final decision. He does know exactly what he's looking for, however. It's just choosing between schools that all seem to fit him well.
"I want to school with tradition that cares about football," Williams said. "Of course being a JUCO, I want the opportunity for early playing time, and I need coaches that are great to be around and can make me better."
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