Camping Out

FSU's recent struggles on the football field don't bother <b> Willie Williams.</b> He didn't mind the eight-hour drive from Miami to Tallahassee. Not even the on-going construction to the Seminoles' athletic facilities could dampen his enthusiasm. The highly-touted Williams was having too much fun at FSU's summer camp Thursday to complain. Click here for all the details. "I am just trying to look at everything. Trying to see what I can learn and see what the coaches can offer," he said.

Florida State's recent struggles on the football field don't bother Willie Williams. He didn't mind the eight-hour drive from Miami to Tallahassee. Not even the on-going construction to the Seminoles' athletic facilities could dampen his enthusiasm.

Williams was having too much fun at FSU's summer camp Thursday to complain.

"Everything is going good so far," Williams told TheTerritory as campers headed off to dinner before reporting back to FSU's practice fields for more work. "I am just trying to look at everything. Trying to see what I can learn and see what the coaches can offer."

Considered one of the nation's top linebackers, Williams, from Miami Carol City, is getting plenty of attention. And deservedly so. Powerfully built at 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds, the athletic Williams easily stood out during drills.

Not only does Williams want to make a favorable impression on Seminole coaches, he also evaluating FSU's staff. Williams said he's concentrating on seven schools at the moment and does not have a favorite -- FSU, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Auburn and Michigan.

"I am looking at depth chart and also looking at how the coaches interact with the players as well as (player) communication with the coaches," Williams said. "I am also looking at what they (coaches) can teach me and what I can learn."

There's no denying his athleticism and ability.

Williams ended his junior season with 173 tackles, 10 sacks, four interceptions and three forced fumbles. Williams can bench 350 pounds, squats 475 and he has a 33-inch vertical jump.

Williams says he grew up a fan of the state's Big Three -- FSU, UF and UM -- as well as a fan of collegiate football nationally. Two of his favorite players included former Seminole linebackers Marvin Jones,who also hails from Miami, and Derrick Brooks. The pair helped FSU set a standard that remains unprecedented in college football history -- 14 consecutive 10-win seasons and Top Five finishes.

Williams says the Seminoles' recent struggles -- nine defeats the past two years -- won't be a factor in his decision.

"It won't be a factor (recent struggles) because I like the tradition of their linebackers and everything," Williams said. "It really won't play a big factor in my eyes. Marvin Jones (favorite). He was a great player. Derrick Brooks, too. I look at them and say I hope to be at their level on day, their potential. Try to be better."

Williams also liked what he saw in Land O' Lakes quarterback Drew Weatherford, who also is attending FSU's camp. Like Williams, Weatherford is also considered one of the nation's best and is viewing the Seminoles closely.

"He's a great quarterback," Williams said. "It looks like he makes intelligent decisions on the field. When I am in zone, I am looking at him and sometimes he will look this way but throw the other way. I am like, ‘Oh, okay." He's a good quarterback."

After a quick dinner break, Williams was looking forward to getting back on the practice field.

The learning process was expected to continue.

"Everything went well (today)," Williams said.

"I don't know if it's because I am from Miami, but I picked up everything pretty easy, fast. I am just ready. I am looking forward to the next practice. "I like FSU's style. I like their scheme and everything. The blitzing. They run a basic defense, nothing too complicated."


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