“All I can say is I’m blessed, man,” said Antonio Williams on Tuesday.
The Scout.com four-star running back out of New London (N.C.) North Stanly High School was already at the school when his mother informed him that Alabama sent him about 100 letters, most of them different from one another, as its latest sign of how much Nick Saban’s staff wants to be in the conversation with the junior’s recruitment.
“I was surprised,” he said. “Knowing I had never spoke to any of the coaches or anything, they’ve just sent me stuff before like in the 20s and 30s, but never this many. Some have writing and some are just info sheets, maybe three or four are the same.”
The potential scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide, which actually sent 93 pieces of mail (pictured above) after a second-count, would have a big impact on the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder.
“Maybe they will soon,” Williams said. “It would mean a lot coming from a powerhouse such as Alabama. It would also show people that continue to doubt me, I’m the real deal.”
’Bama isn’t the only major program that reached out to him Tuesday, as Auburn offered in the afternoon and Notre Dame did the same before the day was done. Pair that with previous extensions from Georgia, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and all of the Tar Hel State schools on his offer list and it’s little surprise that more schools want in on his services.
Through six games this fall, Williams is averaging more than 16 yards per carry on a 5-1 squad.
“I have 1,703 yards and 21 touchdowns in six games,” he said.
Not bad, and maybe not so surprising that most major powers are increasing efforts to make an impression on Scout’s No. 103 overall junior.
Atop his list at the moment are Auburn, Florida, Wisconsin, Duke, LSU, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. He’ll be visiting Florida this coming weekend and has a trip to Madison, Wisconsin planned for November.
There isn’t a rush to make a verbal commitment.
“I’m definitely taking my time,” Williams said. “I’m going to focus on being the best high school player I can be right now, hopefully move up in the rankings and earn my fifth star.”
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