Commentary

Alabama has chance to sway Williams

Originally Published: February 12, 2010
By Erik Stinnett | Crimson Confidential

If Alabama's going to pry Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community) away from Florida State, it'll need to make a big move on Feb. 20.

That's when the Under Armour All-America prospect will be in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's second Junior Day.

Alabama's made a favorable impression on the youngster thus far thanks to its play on the field and a lengthy phone conversation Williams recently had with Nick Saban, but the Tide needs even more in order to overtake leader Florida State, where his brother, Vince, currently plays.

"Right now, Florida State is on top," Williams told CrimsonConfidential.com Thursday afternoon. "Florida State just feels like home, but if I find another place where I can get playing time, and I feel I fit in and it feels more like home, then I'll go there."

The ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect certainly has a boatload of colleges with which to compare to Florida State. He just recently picked up an offer from LSU to go along with earlier offers from Alabama, Florida State, Miami, UCLA, Cal, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Tennessee and North Carolina State, among others.

Besides Alabama, Williams also plans to attend Junior Days at Florida State and Georgia. Alabama began piquing Williams' interest a couple of months ago.

Living in the Sunshine State and having an affinity toward the Seminoles, Williams couldn't help but be impressed by Alabama's beatdown of then top-ranked Florida in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta back on Dec. 5.

"Coach Saban is a very, very respected coach," he said. "Alabama knocked off No. 1 Florida, which was very good, and they stopped the unstoppable Tim Tebow."

But while winning on the field certainly is eye-catching, Williams said he'll be weighing many more factors than that when it comes to making his college decision. One of those other factors is which school offers him the best program for his major, which he said will be mass communications/broadcasting.

Whichever school wins his heart will be getting a talented playmaker.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Williams, who's categorized simply as an 'athlete' by ESPN, plays both quarterback and safety in high school but is projected to stick solely to safety at the next level.

And, for the record, he's fine with that.

"I would love to play safety in college," he said. "That's what I grew up playing in little league. It's one of the best positions in football, and it's one of the most fun positions. You get to see the whole field, and it allows you to go make plays everywhere, from sideline to sideline."

Part of why Williams is able to make so many plays on the gridiron has to do with his work ethic. Training, Williams said, is very important to him, which is why he works out as much as he can with renowned trainer Tom Shaw, who trains numerous NFL stars.

Working out alongside some of the NFL's current stars is something Williams finds invaluable.

"Most high school kids don't get the opportunity to train with those guys," he said. "I go train with Coach Shaw every break I get -- whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break or summer vacation. I get the work in when I can."

Williams' high school coach, Richard Tate, told CrimsonConfidential.com earlier this week Williams can bench 360 pounds and can power clean close to 300.


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