Alabama Spotlight: Eddie Williams

Eddie Williams, National 100 safety from Panama City Beach-Arnold, Fla., suffered a shoulder injury in the spring. He fought through pain this season to play quarterback. Andrew Bone was in the Panhandle this week and spent time with the Tide commitment.


"The season was good," said Eddie Williams. "As the season went on we got a lot better. That's something we missed a chance on. We didn't start coming together until the end of the season. It was a good year though.

"There are definitely some things I will miss. I know I am going somewhere better. I am going to a great program."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has the athletic skills to play on both sides of the ball. He discussed areas to improve before arriving in Tuscaloosa next summer. He also discussed where the coaching staff expects him to play.

"I basically need to get better at everything," he said. "I need to work on every aspect of my game.

"Alabama was recruiting me at free safety. Nick Saban said if they see me at another position they will talk to me about it. I wouldn't mind playing both sides of the ball.

"I wouldn't mind playing receiver. I love putting points up on the board and getting in the end zone. I also like being on defense and stopping guys from scoring. I'll play wherever."

Williams attended a couple of games in Tuscaloosa this fall. Most people talked about the game atmosphere when Alabama hosted LSU, but Williams remembers a louder environment.

"I went to the Arkansas and LSU games," Williams said of this season. "The team looks real good. We are a second half team. I am ready for that 2012 season and being on that depth chart.

"The atmosphere was great at LSU. To be honest the fans were good, but it wasn't the loudest game. The loudest game I attended was probably the Alabama-Auburn game last year."

Williams was the Tide's first commitment in the class of 2012. He pledged in August of 2010.

"It's going to be a great feeling with all the fans cheering for you just because you are part of that Alabama program," Williams said. "It's going to be a great feeling. I can't wait to get there.

"When I go up to the games I try to talk to as many 2012 and 2013 recruits as I can. I want all the top guys to be on our team. We want to have another championship team."

Florida State, Florida and Notre Dame have continued to recruit the talented athlete according to Arnold head coach, James Hale.

"I am sure some schools have talked to my coaches," Williams said. "I tell them I don't want to talk to anyone. I just deny it when they want to talk to me. I am 100-percent committed to Alabama."

Williams will spend New Year's in Orlando for the Under Armour All-America game. He is eager to arrive for the next step in his career.

"Having the opportunity to be invited to the game is a big deal," he said. "It's one of the biggest games there is coming out of high school. It's a great accomplishment. I want to try to get all the top All-Americans to come on board with us at Alabama."

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