Eddie Williams talks Tide camp

Eddie Williams, five-star safety from Panama City-Arnold, Fla., is one of the top recruits in the country. He gave an early commitment to the University of Alabama and camped in Tuscaloosa last week. Andrew Bone talked with the elite prospect about his time at the Capstone and switching positions this fall.

"I tried to do a little bit out there," said Eddie Williams. "I was up there for three days. I competed in the camp. Coach Saban didn't try to put too much on me. We just went through the camp like everyone else.

"I got a chance to meet some of the other commitments. All of them were linebackers. I felt like we looked real good together. I felt good playing with them. It was good all around."

The 6-foot-3.5, 202-pound athlete talked more about working with coach Saban.

"I worked safety the whole time," he said. "I feel like I did really well. I loved working with coach Saban. It's a pleasure to be under his wing. I try to get a real good feel for everything. Coach Saban said I performed really well. He said I was one of the best there. He said he loves coaching and watching me."

Williams talked with another Tide player from the Sunshine State who gave him a positive feeling about Alabama's 2011 season.

"I think they have a real strong chance to win it all this year," said Williams. "I talked to Trent Richardson. The way he is talking I feel they have a great chance. He talked about how 10-3 wasn't a good feeling and then watching the championship. The guys are working so hard trying to get that championship."

Williams was thought of as a future quarterback recruit in his younger years. He started when he was a freshman and sophomore at the position. He moved to receiver and safety as a junior. He returns to signal caller this fall.

"It's looking like I will move back to quarterback," he said. "I feel like I have pretty good control of the offense. The receivers we have are young. They say I throw too hard. I will have to adjust to that. I will have to take on the leadership role."

Williams was asked if Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain could lure him away from the defensive side of the ball.

"Haha. I think he will have to talk to coach Saban about that one," Williams said. "I don't think coach Saban would like that."

The University of Alabama has a solid commitment from the out-of-state prospect.

"Other schools have tried to recruit me, but they know where I am going," Williams explained. "It's all pretty much stopped. I will be a lot of Alabama games this fall."

Williams will participate in the Under Armour All-America game in Orlando in January. He will graduate from high school next spring.


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