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Star recruit already under much scrutiny

8/27/2004 - Miami Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami freshman linebacker Willie
Williams will be sidelined at least two months after having surgery
Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee.

Williams, widely considered the nation's top prep defensive
player, injured the knee in a pileup near the end of practice
Tuesday. He had surgery to repair the lateral collateral ligament
in his knee.

Although the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Williams has looked sharp this
fall, he wasn't going to be allowed to play for at least the first
month of the season while he "proves himself academically."

Williams has been under intense scrutiny since he signed with
Miami in February and it was revealed that he had an extensive
criminal record. He pleaded no contest earlier this summer to two
separate charges stemming from his official visit to Florida and
was placed on probation.

He must follow a strict set of rules to remain a student and
keep his scholarship.