"It's like a big family there."

Eddie Williams, rated a four-star safety from Panama City Beach-Arnold, Fla., was the first commitment in the class of 2012. Williams talks 'Why Alabama', his move to wide receiver and much more from his head coach.


Eddie Williams
Scout.com Rating: Four-star, National 100
Scout.com Rank: No. 3 Safety
Size: 6-foot-4, 205-pounds
High School: Panama City Beach, Fla. (Arnold)
Projected Position: Wide Receiver

Stats: Williams accounted for more than 1,000 yards of offense during the 2011 season playing several different positions including quarterback, running back and wide receiver. He had more than 50 tackles on defense.

Commit Date: 8/24/2010
Recruiting Competition: Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame

Why Alabama: "First of all the coaches. It's like a family there. I took a visit there a year or two ago, and they have great facilities. The academic program is a win-win situation. The only way you will fail is if you don't have the mindset to succeed.

"Nick Saban is a great coach. We have a really good one-on-one relationship. I decided to commit early because my decision was made. Alabama is a great school. It felt like family there, and it's close to home. I knew committing early would give me something to look forward to. Being the first to commit in my class is great.

"One of the main reasons I committed early was because of the academic program. You can't go wrong with Alabama's academics. Alabama gives you tutors to help you. You can't fail unless you don't want to learn. That's a great thing, and it stood out. I really love the facilities, coaches and players. I got along with everyone. It's like a big family there."

Strengths/Improvements: "I plan to play wide receiver at Alabama. I think it's a good thing. I want to do what it takes to help make the team better. I feel like my determination, size, speed and ability to do things are my biggest strengths on the field. I basically need to get better at everything. I need to work on every aspect of my game."

Coach Quotes: "He's got a great personality," said Arnold head coach James Hale. "A super athlete. He's a good kid. He's a hard worker. I think he will do great things at the next level. I think they are going to play him now, I believe, at wide receiver.

"For us he's had to play quarterback because we've graduated kids, and we had no one we could put there which the year before Eddie was an unbelievable receiver for us and free safety. He is one of the best athletes I've coached.

"I believe he and Coach Saban have talked, and they are going to shift him over to wide receiver. That's what he wants to do, and they've seen him catch the ball. He is something else catching the ball. He is as good as I've ever seen."

Andrew Bone says: "Williams is one of the elite athletes in the country who can become a star at the next level on either side of the ball. Williams was close to 215-pounds prior to the senior season. He was a little less than 200-pounds at the Under Armour All-America game in January. He has been out of the weight room for several months due to a shoulder injury suffered prior to the season.

"Williams has great instincts on the field. He is an all-around great player with long arms and a high football IQ. He plans to play receiver in Tuscaloosa. He has great hands, size and speed."

Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.

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