The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker with 4.49 40 speed showed why every college football team in country is after his services. Not only does the South Florida native have amazing skills, but he has the heart and desire to be the best. The Florida State coaches put him through several grueling agility drills. In the writer's opinion, he was the hardest working linebacker at the camp.
What did Williams think of the camp and the Seminole coaches?
So far it's been a great learning experience," Williams, who is The Insiders.com No. 2 rated linebacker in the country said.
"I'm learning better techniques and stuff that I can use during the season and off-season. I'm learning a lot at this camp and it's a great learning experience. I really like the coaches and the communications has been great. I love Coach Steele and he's been great. He's a great coach."
An offensive coach came up to Williams after some drills and told him that their goal was to complete as pass against him. It didn't happen.
Weatherford, the next highest player at the camp, turned some heads also. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback made all the throws. In addition to very live arm, he can also put touch on the ball.
The most impressive thing about Weatherford is his intangibles. He does all the little things right. After watching him at the camp for two days, I'm convinced he's one of the nation's most complete quarterbacks. Not only does, he have the skills to succeed but he has the personality and leadership skills to win over the coaches and players. Linebacker Willie Williams was blown away by him as person and a player.
The Territory noticed that the two stars developed a strong bond with each over at the camp, which could be a slight factor in both of their decisions. After finishing my interview with Drew, FSU quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey was waiting for him with a golf cart. I think that speaks for itself on how bad Florida State wants the Land O Lakes star.
What was his impression of Florida State?
"I really enjoyed being here a lot," he said. "It's great opportunity to see all the coaches and learn about their personalities and their coaching styles. I've learned a lot and I've enjoyed my experience here."
Expect Weatherford to make a decision sometime before the season starts.
There were several other players that stood out, including several defensive backs.
The Mandarin pair of Tony Carter and C. J. Hirschman showed why it will be so difficult to throw on the Mustangs this upcoming season.
Carter broke up several passes and he showed his sub- 4.4 speed on several plays. Carter, who is thought to leaning towards the Noles, will go through the recruiting process and make a decision sometime down the road.
Hirschman, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounder with 4.6 speed, might have done enough at the camp to impress FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews into giving him a scholarship offer.
The Jacksonville native used his outstanding quickness and excellent technique to pick of four passes in one day of practice. In addition to his play on the field, Hirschman is an honor roll student. His father played for the Miami Hurricanes during the late 70's.
Jason Ruger, a cornerback from Miami (Fla.) Jackson, showed why defensive backs from Miami are in high demand. The 6-foot-0 and 180 pounder used an aggressive style and fundamental sound technique to constantly shut down wide receivers in drills. There's a strong possibility that Florida State might recruit him as a safety prospect.
Wide Receivers Del Roberts, Pat Clark and Lewis Murphy also caught the eye of the Territory.
Roberts, a 5-foot-8 and 170 pounder with 4.46 40 speed, was the most consistent and polished wide receiver at the camp. The Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby senior to be, was constantly open. When the ball came his way, he made all the catches.
Clark, a 5-foot-9 and 175 pound receiver from Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin, made several tough catches. In the next week or so, The Territory will catch up him for an interview.
A player to watch for next season is Lewis Murphy, who happens to be the cousin of Florida State wide receiver Chris Davis.
The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood junior to be, checked in at 6-foot-2 and 173 pounds. He ran an impressive 4.49 40-yard dash at the camp. His skills and love for the game will make him one of the top recruited wide receivers from Florida next year.