RECRUITING 2002: DT Jimmy Williams Update

It's no secret that the Alabama football program is in dire need of defensive tackles. In fact, it's fair to say the Crimson Tide needs at least one defensive tackle capable of playing in the 2002 season. Jimmy Williams, a 6-foot-3, 304-pounder from Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, made his official visit this weekend. Did Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff strengthen their position?

"I feel pretty good about Alabama, " said Williams. "I'm going to take my other trips but it will come down to Alabama and Virginia Tech and Alabama is closer to Memphis. I told Coach Fran there is a very good chance I would sign with Alabama and he told me they would wait as long as possible for me to reach a final decision."

Williams is originally from Memphis, Tennessee where he played his prep career at East High School. Being close to his mother, Peggy, is a factor in Williams‘ decision.

"My mom has not seen me play in a long time because California is so far away," said Williams. "I definitely want to play close enough for her to see me play if everything else is equal and Alabama is the closest school I'm considering."

Arizona (1/24), South Carolina (1/18), and Virginia Tech (1/26) are the other schools under consideration. Tennessee is making a push to get in the picture but Williams is planning to stick with his scheduled visits at this time. Williams visited San Jose State early in the process and now has only three official visit left due to the National Collegiate Athletic Association's limit of five official visits.

"Tennessee is trying to get me to drop one of my visits to visit them," said Williams. "Coach (Dan) Brooks told me he was coming to California to see me this week but I feel like I need to stick with the ones I have set."

Williams made 44 tackles and nine sacks while helping Pasadena City College to a 10-1 record for the 2001 season. Pasadena City College Head Coach Tom Maher knows why many of the top programs such as Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, etc. have made such a strong effort to sign Williams.

"Jimmy is very athletic and he comes off the ball hard," said coach Maher. "He is a dominant player who is impossible to stop when he's motivated."

Williams will most likely graduate after the completion of the early summer session. Time will tell which school he will immediately report to after graduation but Alabama is in a strong position to get a return trip to Tuscaloosa.

Crimson Ticket Extra: Jimmy Williams could be a difference maker in the 2002 season. His signing would be a major story in the Class of 2002.

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