'Best campus I've ever seen'

Since earning the offensive line MVP at a regional Nike Football Training Camp, things have begun to pick up for a class of 2014 offensive lineman in the state of Alabama. On Tuesday, he visited with the defending national champions.

"I visited Alabama today," said Christian Williams on Tuesday.

It was the first time the Wetumpka (Ala.) junior had really taken in the Tuscaloosa campus as a whole.

"It's great," he said. "I didn't get an offer of anything, they just wanted me to come up. It's very nice!

"Some of the coaches were on (recruiting) trips so I was with three grad assistants and I met with Coach [Kirby] Smart."

While small in number this time of year, Smart and company still made an impression on Williams, who projects best as a center prospect.

"It was great, the coaches were great," he said after returning home. "Alabama is a top notch school, the best campus I've ever seen."

While the 6-foot-1, 315-pounder took in a game in Tuscaloosa, he had never quite been out and about around campus. Once he did on Tuesday, it's safe to say he liked what he saw.

"All of the technology and the humongous weight room stood out," he said. "The school was clean, the dorms were top notch, the atmosphere was great and the students there treat you great.

"It's big and they have a lot of hands-on tutoring preparing you for everything you may face."

Williams admitted that the interest from the defending national champs is somewhat new, but he knew where to attribute it after finishing up the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp as the day's offensive line MVP.

It made an impact on Smart.

"He said he heard a lot about me since that camp," admitted Williams. "He was glad I was down and said that I looked good. He told me about a work out schedule and wants me at camp."

As one would imagine, a return trip to T-town during the summer is in the works.

"I will camp," he said. "We have a team offensive line/defensive line camp there and I will one-day camp."

Williams, who grew up in the Volunteer State and is an admitted Tennessee fan, knows that strong camp showings at Alabama and/or elsewhere may be what bridges the gap between his ascending reputation and offer No. 1.

"I think it may come this summer," he said of the elusive offer. "I can't wait, I'm so pumped."

Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, UAB, Southern Miss and South Alabama are some camps that Williams expect to attend this summer in addition to the Crimson Tide's.

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