April 2, 2013

Williams finally makes it

Life is good for Eagles Landing Christian Academy defensive end Andrew Williams.

Williams won a state championship in December, watched over the offers from BCS schools roll in in January, and has been recruited hard by almost all of those schools every since.

One of those teams that has been all over Williams is the Georgia Bulldogs, and despite being just an hour and a half from his home in McDonough, a trip to Athens hasn't been easy.

After multiple attempts to visit the Classic City were thwarted due to illness or bad weather, the Rivals100 prospect made it to UGA on Saturday and mainly because of the Georgia coaches staying after him to do so.

"Coach (Chris) Wilson, he's been hounding me for the past few weeks, him and Coach (Mark) Richt, to get up here," Williams said. "Every trip we planned got either rained out or cancelled so it was finally good to be up here."

Williams left the Georgia campus with nothing but praise for his visit.

"It went great. I actually loved it. I loved the visit," he said. "I came in here, they gave me the VIP treatment right of the bat. They showed me around the facilities and what not, which were top notch. Then sat down, watched some videos, then sat down in a little meeting with Coach Wilson. He explained to me how he wanted me and how I am their number one Buck. The rush slash (defensive end) kind of guy. It was good. It was good. Then I went down to the practice. I love seeing that. I love seeing players and coaches interact. I was with Coach Richt half the time down there. It was good seeing Coach Wilson in his natural habitat, as you could say. It was nice. I loved the visit."

The four-star pass rusher also had positive things to say about the personalities of Richt and Wilson.

"Coach Richt, he is a real down-to-earth dude," he said. " (He) cracks jokes, then the next minute go down there and hound somebody so that was real cool. Then Coach Wilson, he is a great guy. It was nice seeing him again. The way the players, the (defensive line), and Coach Wilson interact, you don't see that at many schools so it was good."

When Georgia offered him in January, Williams indicated to UGASports that he had his reservations with how he would be used in Todd Grantham's 3-4 attack.

After seeing the Bulldogs work in spring practice on Monday, Williams feels the "Buck" position might be a great fit for his skill set.

"I was a little skeptical at first, but I went to practice and saw how the Bucks did it. That is definitely me right there," Williams said. "Pass rush and then every so often cover somebody, but that pass rush standing up, I can see me doing that."

Schools all over the country are in hot pursuit of Williams right now, and with just a couple of months left before his junior year ends, he has plans of narrowing things down soon.

According to the Peach State blue chipper, Georgia is in good shape to make that list.

"They are looking good, Georgia is. They are definitely one of my tops right now," Williams said. "I think I'm going to narrow it down to like a top 15 they are definitely in it. Seeing the 40 or so offers that I have it is definitely getting to the point where I need to narrow it down and Georgia is definitely in it. Other teams that stand out in that 15 are probably Clemson, they have been there since day one. They are definitely in it. I've got ties with Notre Dame and they're in it. I'm going to release it soon, but it is definitely getting cut soon."

When it comes to making a decision, Williams has a timeline he would like to adhere to, but says he has no concrete plans of when or how he will commit.

"I would love to get it over with before football season starts so I can just focus on that and put all my effort into that," Williams said when asked about making a decision. "If not, any time I feel like I am ready for it, it will happen."

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