Jay Williams fills need for the Tide

Take an in-depth look at one of the Tide's top signees.

Jay Williams
Scout.com Rating: Three-Star
Size: 6-foot-4, 225-pounds
Hometown: Thomasville High School
Thomasville, Ala.
Projected Position at UA: Punter

Stats: Williams is rated the No. 6 punter in the country by Scout.com. Williams had 22 punts for 38-yard average as a junior. He had 10-of-22 punts downed inside the 20. He averaged 48 yards per punt. Williams punted 25 times this past season for 931 yards for a 37.2 average. His long was 62 yards with two touchbacks. Williams made four catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Commit Date: 6/20/09

Recruiting Competition: Florida, Houston

Why Alabama: "I felt like I would have more support from my family and friends if I went to Alabama. My uncles and everyone could come see me play. My whole family are big Alabama fans. That is where I wanted to go my whole life. I went to Alabama and loved what they have to offer in academics."

Coach Quotes (Head Coach Jack Hankins): "As a punter he gets such a high distance on his ball. I can't tell you his hang time, but I can tell you none of his punts were returned. They either called fair catch or let them roll down the field. He's got a big upside, and I think that's what Coach Saban and his staff saw from Jay. He's going to continue to develop. He's a dynamic talent whose best football days are ahead of him."

"The first thing I should tell you about Jay is that he's just a great young man of high character. Academically he's done a phenomenal job in the classroom maintaining an A-average. He a smart guy, conscientious, and a hard worker.

"We don't get many kids with the kind of athleticism Jay has. We lined him up at the wing, or H-back, which is a blocking tight end. Jay's a very physical blocker. He graded at 85-percent blocking for us. When you normally think of a punter you don't think of someone who's exceptionally gifted athletically, but Jay is. He's a strong kid too, squats in the 300s.

"Jay's from Alabama, and from an Alabama family, so I think that's where he really wanted to go. Florida wanted him badly, and he hadn't heard anything from the Alabama coaches at that time. So I said I'd call the special teams coach at Alabama and just to see what would happen. They fell in love with Jay and wanted him to go kick for them. Soon after that he accepted their offer."

Andrew Bone says: "Williams is an athletic prospect with a very big leg. He has great hang time on his kicks as well. Williams has the opportunity to compete right away in Tuscaloosa with the graduation of P.J. Fitzgerald."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

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