December 1, 2008

Versatile athlete hints at leader

Terrell Williams is still a couple of weeks away from even setting up his official visits.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Tulsa (Union), Okla., has a state championship game Friday at Oklahoma State against rival Jenks, a tilt that Williams predicts will be "a crazy game. I feel good going into the game. We're 12-1 right now. We lost our opening game and ever since then, we've been hooking up. We've got a lot of wins back to back and I'm feeling real good going into the game."

Still, recruiting is never far from the wide receiver/safety/athlete's mind. Williams has picked up offers in recent weeks from Boise State, Houston and Southern Mississippi, and while he's reluctant to name a favorite, Williams isn't proving to be as good of a secret-keeper as he is a hard-hitter on the football field.

"Definitely Ole Miss, right now," Williams said, laughing at the honest slip. "I want to say they're No. 1, but then again, it's just hard. But Ole Miss is up there. Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Oregon State (are high on the list as well)."

Williams, who is averaging eight tackles per game from safety slot, said his interest in Ole Miss is two-fold. One, he's followed Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt since his decade at Arkansas. Two, he has developed a strong bond with his recruiting coach, Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.

Coach Nutt has done a great job so far," Williams said. "He's a great coach. I watched all of the games when he was at Arkansas with (Darren) McFadden and Felix Jones and all of those guys. He kind of put that program on the map and now he's doing the same thing with Ole Miss. He's putting them back on the map and they have a lot of tradition already. He's doing a great job this year. They're having a great season and they have a lot of tradition down there. Plus it's in the SEC, so you're going to be competing every Saturday.

"(Dickerson) is one of my favorite coaches that I talk to. He's a real down-to-earth person. I enjoy talking to him."

Dickerson is telling Williams that he could end up playing on either side of the ball at Ole Miss if he inks with the Rebels in February.

"The coaches say once I get up there, they'll see who all came in and if they need me on defense, they'll play me at safety," Williams said. "If not, I'll play wide receiver.

"I love to play wide receiver. It's fun making plays, but anyway I can help the team, I'm cool with that."

Williams, who will easily qualify academically, said he's in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'm probably going to try to wait it out, because it's a real important decision," Williams said. "I don't want to rush it. I want to see how I fit into a program. I want to play as soon as possible."

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