A Likely Story

The word "complacent" is not in the vocabulary of William Likely III. The 5-foot-8, 174-pound cornerback from Belle Glade, Florida has offers from some of the top programs in the nation. This past season, he played six positions on offense, defense, and special teams for Glades Central High School. He scored 20 touchdowns, intercepted 5 passes, and produced 1,175 total yards of offense.

As a junior, he was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida. But William Likely III isn't the type to let all of his success, and the attention that comes with it, go to his head.

"I can get better at pretty much everything, size, speed, anything you can name," Likely said.

Likely really impressed at the UnderArmour combine in Orlando, but still saw room for growth.

"I think I did alright, I really think I could have done better though," he said. "I had great awareness, but I always think I could have done better at everything."

It's his amazing athleticism and humble work ethic that has attracted offers from several quality programs, including Florida, Alabama, LSU, Purdue, Miami, and South Carolina.

He says he talks to Florida, LSU and Alabama the most, but he doesn't have a leader right now.

"I'm just keeping everything open, I'm just waiting. I'm not trying to rush anything," Likely said.

While he plays both sides of the ball, the Gators are recruiting him as a defensive back. He visited Gainesville for Florida State game and he talks to Coach Aubrey Hill regularly.

"We talk about great things about coming to the program, just how the school itself is, making sure I keep my grades up and just stay humble and focused," he said. "It's a great school with a lot of talent, I just like the atmosphere."

Florida isn't the only school with an atmosphere he likes. Death Valley in Baton Rouge has also made an impression.

"They have a big crowd and they have a good football team. LSU, it's just amazing. The atmosphere," Likely said.

He also got to see the Tigers and Crimson Tide battle for the BCS National Championship in New Orleans while visiting some family there.

While it's still early in the recruiting process for Likely, he knows he's looking for a place with both a great football program and quality academics. Early playing time is also important.

"I want to be able to show my talent and what I have," he said.

"Besides the football, I like a school that has a good education, that's for my education and my business, and I want a team that stays together with great coaching staff, that just gets better every season, and to compete for BCS."

The high school football season is over, but for Likely, that doesn't mean free time. He's playing guard for his high school basketball team, and of course, continuing to work out and get better. Don't ever expect him to get complacent.

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