Focus 2004

<b>Willie Williams</b> considers himself "the perfect outside linebacker." Williams' numbers certainly back that claim – 173 tackles, 10 sacks and four interceptions as a junior last season. There's more. The 6-2, 225-pounder ran a 4.4 40 at the recent Miami Nike Camp. Click here for an update on Williams, including his eligibility status. "I can do it all at linebacker -- run, cover and blitz. I am the perfect outside linebacker," Williams told TheTerritory.

Willie Williams considers himself "the perfect outside linebacker." Williams' numbers certainly back that claim – 173 tackles, 10 sacks and four interceptions as a junior last season. There's more. The 6-2, 225-pounder ran a 4.4 40 at the recent Miami Nike Camp.

"I'm every offensive player's worst nightmare," Williams told The Territory Monday night. "I can do it all at linebacker -- run, cover and blitz. I am the perfect outside linebacker."

A number of collegiate programs across the country also seem to be in agreement. Williams, of Miami Carol City, has been offered by Miami, Florida and Auburn thus far. Florida State and others are also expected to join the mix. In fact, Williams lists his top six schools as UM, UF, FSU, Ohio State, Michigan and Auburn.

Williams said the ‘Canes and ‘Noles were his two favorite teams growing up. Seminole fans also will be glad to hear Williams' older sister currently attends FSU.

"Miami is my leader now," Williams said.

"They have been recruiting me the hardest. They have called me on the phone and have been by the school. Florida's head coach (Ron) Zook has called me two to three times already. Florida State linebacker coach (Kevin) Steele has called. He told me that he loves how I play linebacker and he wants me to be at Florida State. My sister attends school there and she wants me to come up there for school."

Williams' prep status remains unresolved at the moment, however.

Williams, who transferred to Miami Carol City from Miami Pace, hopes to receive a waiver from the FHSAA and regain a year of eligibility. Williams said he missed too many days of school following a car accident during his freshman season. He also participated in the most recent Dade/Broward All-Star game.

"I was in a car accident during my freshman year and I broke my jaw in six places," Williams said. "I missed too many days of school. It took me four to five months to recover. It (ruling) is looking pretty good. I am suppose to get a waiver. The school is supposed to hear something about my status soon."

Even if Williams is ruled ineligible his senior season – he could attend a prep school – he still will be one of the most sought after prep prospects from South Florida. Williams, who projects himself as a linebacker in college, has a core GPA of 3.0 and says he wants to major in engineering.

Dave Peters contributed to this report.


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