'Silent assassin' fulfills his dream

A full year and a month before he will sign the dotted line, Deontai Williams couldn't wait any longer. Only a month or so after the Florida Gators offered the lifelong Gators fan, he pulled the trigger and committed. The Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian safety continues a pipeline into a school Florida hopes to go deep into in 2015.

Deontai Williams realized a dream on Thursday when he committed to the University of Florida.

"When I was growing up, I was just straight Florida Gator," Williams said shortly after announcing his commitment to the University of Florida. "That is all I dreamed about and the team I wanted to play for. It is a terrific weight lifted off of my shoulders."

When you watch his film, it is hard to believe he is only 180 pounds or so. He brings a hammer every time he meets the ball carrier. College coaches really love the way he plays.

"Coaches tell me I am a smart player and can make big time plays," he said. "I am very aggressive on the football field. It is just in my blood.

Trinity defensive coordinator Gerard Ross is loaded on defense in 2014 with eight division one athletes lining up on that side of the ball. Williams is one he certainly wouldn't trade away.

"He's a very versatile kid," Ross said following the ceremony. "He's a safety, nickel, or corner. He has long arms that can redirect you at the line of scrimmage. My comparison would be to Matt Elam, he likes to run downhill and fill the run game. He is very physical and knows how to create turnovers. He is kind of like Gus Scott when he played at Florida."

While Williams has yet to talk to the Florida staff about committing, Ross spent a lot of time in the last few days with Florida's head coach Will Muschamp as the gators recently landed 2014 commitment and offensive lineman Kavaris Harkless from the school.

"I talked to Coach Muschamp for the last three days," Ross said. "He called me last night and let me know that Deontai has his blessing (to commit) and is very proud. He said they are trying to get more Trinity Christian guys from this 2015 class.

"Muschamp said he likes that Deontai is very physical and the fact that he had 5-6 taunting fouls. He is like a silent assassin. He doesn't talk much off the field, but when he puts the pads on he will knock your head off."

The physical play of Williams makes him a perfect fit for the Gators and a prospect we will keep in touch with as he rolls through his senior year.

As Williams put is succinctly when asked what Florida fans will see from him, "They are going to get a play maker."


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