Five-Star LB Is Open

Willie Williams, a five-star linebacker from Miami (Fla.) Carol City, got some good news on Friday that he would be eligible to play high school football in his senior year. He was originally ruled ineligible because he participated in an all-star game last winter. On Sunday the hard-hitting linebacker discussed with The Territory about his upcoming season and his recruitment.


"I'm very excited to get back on the field," Williams, who racked up a 173 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior, said. "My first practice will be on Monday and I think the team won't have much contact. If I hit someone late, the coach is going to have to understand."

Williams will be more focused on his season now than recruiting. Last week the South Floridian took it easy and he didn't take any unofficial visits. However, he will still probably visit the Florida State/Miami game unofficially.

The 6-foot-2 and 225 pounder with 4.5 40 speed is getting weekly phone calls from coaches from all over the country.

Which schools stand out?

"Florida State, Miami, Florida, North Carolina State and Oklahoma are my top five schools. I'm open now and I don't have a favorite."

Williams and Florida State freshman defensive lineman Clifton Dickson, who are very good friends, talk on the phone regularly.

"I haven't talked with him for a week or so," Williams said. "He tried me the other day but I missed him."

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