Focus 2005

It's no secret Florida State is focusing on defensive ends during the 2005 recruiting process. The Seminoles signed two quality defensive tackles in <b>Aaron Jones</b> and <b>Emmanuel Dunbar.</b> However, FSU opted not to sign any ends, instead focusing on adding an extra body in the secondary. Well, a state player attracting national attention is <b>Gerald Williams,</b> a big middle linebacker who is being recruited as an end. Click here to see if Williams likes the 'Noles.

Florida State is searching for defensive ends this recruiting season. That's no secret.

A state player who could fit that mold is Gerald Williams, a big, athletic middle linebacker from Boyd Anderson High School who is probably earmarked for end in college.

Williams, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound force, enjoyed a banner junior season with 132 tackles, six sacks, and four interceptions. He has a bench press of 315 pounds and squats 420.

Williams has received on offer from Boston College, but plenty others are expected. While Williams grew up a fan of the Miami Hurricanes, he also lists Florida State amongst his favorites.

"Boston College has offered me a scholarship," Williams told The Insiders.

"My favorite team growing up was Miami, but I didn't get to any games last year. My Top 5 right now is Miami, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, and Florida. I'm getting letters from about 40 or 50 schools right now. I've heard from all of my favorites. Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Florida State have invited me to their spring games."

Williams is an athletic big man that also plays power forward on his basketball team. Boyd Anderson went 4-5 last year, but with 17 returning starters including Williams, things should be much improved this season.

FSU signed two quality defensive tackles last February in Aaron Jones and Emmanuel Dunbar. Both are expected to contribute next season.

FSU is in good shape at defensive end this season, but coach Jody Allen needs to replenish his stock in February 2005.


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