Coach Spotlight: Eddie Williams

Eddie Williams, National 100 safety from Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, Fla., has been a special player for head coach James Hale. Williams will take his talents to the University of Alabama as a member of the class of 2012. Hale talked in-depth with Andrew Bone about the Tide commitment.

"He got hurt in the fall jamboree game," Coach James Hale said. "He separated his shoulder. Most kids wouldn't have played. The doctors said it was up to him. There was no way he was going to not play.

"He did a good job for us. Every time he got him though he was always in pain. He didn't have the type of year we would have liked. I am not saying he had a bad year, but we had to move him to quarterback because we didn't have a quarterback. When we had him at wide receiver our offense had a lot more success.

"I think when he gets to the University of Alabama they will have several positions he can play. He could be a big-time wide receiver. He could play free safety or grow into a linebacker. He has so much athletic ability it's amazing what he can do. I think wherever they put him he will do a great job at Alabama."

It appears the Tide coaching staff will have several options with the talented 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete.

"I am not really sure Alabama's needs, but I know when he is healthy he is one of the best defensive players I've ever seen as far as playing in the secondary," said Hale. "Then again, his junior year I saw him catch a football like I've never seen. He can be a big, physical receiver."

The focus on high school, and the injured shoulder, kept him away from a very important aspect of a player on the next level.

"Eddie just has to get back in the weight room," Hale said. "He hasn't been in the weight room in about a year and a half. You can tell he isn't as big as he used to be. We had him taking extra classes so he can get to Alabama. I will say it's always good to have someone that big and talented.

"Eddie getting back in the weight room is really the biggest thing. He has the Under Armour All-America game coming up soon. He doesn't have a lot of time before then. He just has to have enough self-discipline to get in there after school. Before he gets to Alabama he just needs to get in the weight room and on the track.

"His natural ability is some of the best I've ever seen. He is a raw player though. Once he gets up to Alabama and gets in their program he will be fine. Once he is in the weight program he will be something else."

Williams was the Tide's first commitment in the class of 2012. Coach Hale discussed reasons why his star player loves Alabama.

"We took him up to Alabama his sophomore year," he said "I personally think coach Saban is the best college football coach in the country. How Alabama has it set up as far as academics and study halls you have to be a total idiot not to get a degree. Their program is set up for you to be successful.

"If Eddie wants to play in the NFL Alabama sends more players now to the NFL than any other college in the country. Coach Saban is a big part of that. Eddie recognized it all. We all think coach Saban is the best coach in the country."

Schools have continued to inquire about Williams, and if they can sway him away from the Tide before signing day.

"We still get calls," said Hale. "Everyone is sending stuff still. I have to give Notre Dame credit. They are doing better than I ever remember, especially in Florida. Florida State did a good job. LSU tried to get in there. We told them all that Eddie is committed and doesn't want to be bothered. That's what he told us to tell them."

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