Giovanni Williams to follow brother to ‘Bama?

Nick Saban has done well with legacy prospects while at Alabama and the latest on radar is Giovanni Williams, a versatile in-state linebacker.

At this point during the 2014 football season, Anfernee Jennings was a firm Alabama commitment and his younger brother, Shawndarius Jennings, was firmly on Alabama radar. An offer seemed imminent and eventually came in late March before a summer UA pledge was made.

At the time, the older Jennings said all the right things about the younger, specifically about enjoying the recruiting process and not following big bro for the sake of it.

This fall, similar could be developing with Giovanni Williams. The Birmingham (Ala.) Wenonah junior has enjoyed a breakout season as the Dragons’ defense has become one of the state’s best. The leader of the group is senior three-star defensive lineman, Alabama commitment and Gio’s big brother, Quinnen Williams.

Now Nick Saban and company are heavy on the 2017 talent, who again was in town with the family Saturday as Alabama defeated Arkansas.

“I enjoyed being down at ‘Bama, the game was good, kind of tight through the first three quarters,” he said. “The coaches tell me they like my game. It would mean a lot to me to play with my brother in college.”

Being there with big brother is a unique experience for Williams.

Photo: The Williams brothers (Quinnen, left) in Tuscaloosa on Saturday (provided)

“It’s like being there with a rock star, it’s crazy,” he said. “Everyone knows him, the whole coaching staff, the fans tell him they watch his highlight reels all the time, he gets a lot of attention.

“It means a lot to me because I’m happy for him, he has worked so hard to be in this position and I hope to be in the same position next year.”

Without an offer to his name, the Crimson Tide is the first program to track Giovanni Williams on a consistent bases. A middle linebacker, he has 71 tackles to lead the 7-0 Dragons, who have nearly doubled their 2014 win total.

“I make plays all over the field, I have the heard and skills to play many positions on the field. I feel I’m a big-time player,” he said.

Quinnen took it a step further, admitting the younger sibling could be more valuable to a program.

“Giovanni is a great player, he can play multiple positions on the field and he has the heart of a lion. He never backs down from a challenge and he’s coachable,” he said. “He’s more valuable to a team because he’s fast, quick, can run, catch and block. He can cover receivers and running backs down the field like a safety or cornerback.

“The coaches at ‘Bama love him.”

Don’t expect the UA recruiting to continue at the Williams household, though.

“It would be cool to play with him but I want him to enjoy things I enjoyed with recruiting and go look at other schools, not just Alabama because I’m going there,” he said.


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