"It's always been a dream of mine"
"As soon as they offered I knew I wanted to go to Alabama," said William Ming. "I grew up an Alabama fan. It's always been a dream of mine to play at Alabama."
Ming's dream was fully realized when he gave Coach Curt Cignetti his commitment on 7/22/08. Auburn and Tennessee were both in hot pursuit of Ming's services, as was LSU, until he committed to the Tide before the start of his senior season.
"I liked Auburn and Tennessee, but they both cleared their coaching staffs so that would have put them back anyway," Ming said.
Fully concentrating on his senior season paid dividends for Ming who was named 5A state honorable mention, All-Area by the Huntsville Times, and one of North Alabama's elite 11. Ming had 50 tackles and six sacks of the quarterback.
His pass rushing ability is just one of the reasons the Alabama coaching staff is so high on Ming, who shows excellent agility for being 6-4, 260.
"I'm going to try to come in and compete for playing time," says Ming. "Right now, the coaches see me as a defensive end. That's probably where I'm going to start off going into camp, but they've talked about using me at tight end, or possible 'Jack'."
At Athens, Ming played defensive end, tight end, and linebacker, so the potential is there at all three spots.
"I like defensive end, but I'll going to do what the coaches think is best," he explained. "We'll see where I'm at when I report to camp and go from there."
Ming plans to go into camp in tip-top shape.
"I'm working out with a trainer three times a week. In March and April I'll be working out every weekday and Saturday," he said.
Ming thinks he has what it takes to excel on the next level with his exceptional work habits.
"I'm a hard worker, and do what it takes to get the job done," he stated. "What I lack in athleticism I make up for by out-working the other guy. I'm smart and a quick learner."
However, Ming knows SEC play pits the best against the best.
"I'm going to continue to work on my speed and my strength to help improve my overall game," he added.
Ming is an outstanding student. He reports a 3.9 GPA, and a 26 on the ACT.
"Right now I'm unsure what I'm going to major in. I've been thinking about Business," he said.
Ming awaits big things during his freshman season.
"I think we can pick up right where we left off, and this time finish the season strong. After the Florida game, it looked like we gave up. Finishing strong is what the coaches were talking about when I was down there for my official visit," he shared.
Ming's already befriended some of the guys who'll join him in Tuscaloosa in '09.
"I talk with Anthony Orr and Kellen Williams the most," said Ming. "Kellen and I are planning on being roommates."
Ming grew up in a football family. His cousin, James Newby, played professionally with the Kansas City Chiefs. His father, Bill, like himself, played on a state championship team at Athens (1975).
Ming was No. 80 for his high school, and hopes to keep the number at Alabama, but like his position at DE, Ming says he's open to change.
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