Signing Day 2004: Alfred Williams

Head coach Ted Roof and the Blue Devil staff continued to mine the talent rich state of Georgia late in the class of 2004.

"He said there were a lot of reasons to commit," said Alfred Williams' grandmother Verdell Pierce. "Duke is a great place to get your education, and he liked the presentation about Duke when he visited. They had a good package to offer him."

Ranked as the #54 prospect in the state, Williams established a reputation as a fearless and hard hitting defender for Westlake High School.

During his senior season he logged 127 tackles, including six sacks, and one interception while leading his team to a 9-3 mark. Those numbers were up from his junior season when he hit 115 opponent while recording four sacks.

Before visiting Duke officially Williams was reportedly favoring Wake Forest and Louisville, but the weekend in Durham swayed him.

"It [official visit] went really good," said Williams of his trip to Durham. "I had the chance to tour the campus and see the academic side of things as well as how the team interacted with each other."

Previously, Alfred said that several aspects would affect his decision.

"This had a lot to do with where I feel comfortable, as well as where my family feels comfortable," said Williams.

Williams chose Duke over offers from Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Marshall, Louisville, Central Florida, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt.


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