December 1, 2008
Williams likes Kiffin, waits on call
Atlanta-area tailback Toney Williams put together a monster year for Milton High School. At 6-foot-1 and 227 pounds, Williams is a big and bruising running back. Williams, like several Tennessee commitments, is excited to get to know Lane Kiffin.
"I like him because he's young and he can recruit," Williams said. "I like what he brings to the table on offense. I think he will bring change to Knoxville that will be good."
When Kiffin was at Southern California, he was fortunate to have the combination of Reggie Bush and LenDale White. Bush was a speedy threat that could take any play the distance and White was the bulldozing back that would leave Pac-10 linebackers effortless after plays. Williams is more like White and that had been in the back of his mind since Kiffin's name was thrown out as a candidate.
"That was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard they were going to hire him," Williams said. "That's why I really like him. He knows how to get everyone involved and that's a plus."
Williams had not heard from Kiffin as of late Sunday evening, but he anticipates hearing from him in the next couple of days.
"I expect to hear from him soon," Williams said. "I want to hear that he will give me a chance at running back and that he believes that I can play running back. I know I can, but I want him to believe it too."
Williams is really intrigued by Kiffin's offensive philosophy and that's one of the main reasons that he's so excited about the hire.
"It's a pro-style offense and it's a balanced attack," Williams said. "He runs the ball with the pass and you can't key on one thing. I think we can make something happen with that."
Williams will visit Kentucky this weekend before tripping to Tennessee the following weekend. As a midterm enrollee, Williams knows that he must come to a final decision fast. If Kiffin tells Williams what he wants to hear, he'll be a Vol in January.
"If he is honest with me and I feel like I can be comfortable and confident in Knoxville then I'll be at Tennessee," Williams said.
"That's who I wanted them to hire and that's where I want to go. I want to make sure he still wants me and that he thinks I can succeed in his program."
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