Williams will explore 5 other possibilities

As the Florida Gators still search for two running backs in the 2016 class, one huge target that got away early seems quite a bit open to the Gators and others. Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange running back Dexter Williams is still committed to the Miami Hurricanes but is taking visits to other schools including Florida this Friday.

After some spring camps and combines this year a ton of schools jumped on board the Dexter Williams train. Once his measurables were known big time programs started seeing his film and the offers started coming in fast and furious.

Just two hours away, Florida was the beneficiary of a visit or two from Williams and he seemingly liked the Gators. Then he took a trip to Miami after hearing a lot from the Hurricanes. Once he got there he was overrun with a great feeling about the program and he couldn't resist committing.

Fast forward a couple of months later and Williams is still committed, but he wants to make sure Miami is the best place for him. The Gators are back in the picture and he will visit with his high school teammate and Gator commitment Jalen Julius.

"I will be at Florida this Friday, going up with Jalen," Williams said from the IMG 7on7 National Championship Tournament in Bradenton on Saturday where he did not participate. "I will just see what Coach White has to say and Coach Muschamp. I want to get a feel for everything and adjust to how they do everything."

Florida has their work cut out for them, but there is a window of opportunity available as with some other schools that he visited on a recent bus tour with other prospects including Julius.

"I am still firmly committed to Miami, but I am still open to taking visits and getting a feel for everything, which is why I took the bus trip," he said. "At the same time I am going to keep the process open and shut it down in the middle of the season."

The schools that are still in it right now are Ohio State, Tennessee, Louisville, Florida, South Carolina, and Miami. One thing he wants to see from these teams is how the season is going to go for them and how they project in terms of stability.

"I just want to see how the seasons go (for these teams) and see how I can fit in the programs," he said. "I want a chance to see the teams play."

Florida and the others will want to capture some of the atmosphere that he saw in Miami when he visited. He committed on that visit two months ago and many people were really surprised.

"I was thinking about Miami a little bit, but not planning on a commitment," he said. "It was just the love and the good feeling in my gut. I know when I get that feeling it is the right place for me."

And the Hurricanes remain the team to beat because of how personable they have been.

"Miami shows great love and is not too far from home," Williams said. "The love with the coaches and how they stay on me and make sure I am doing okay, make sure the family is okay. They aren't just worried about football because they know as an athlete I should be able to do those things on the field, but they really worry about my academics and trying to get me to go early."

Williams said the Florida is the other main school that is really pressing him to get into school early and come and compete with the players already on campus. It is something the Gators have been very successful at in the past.

Dexter Williams will show up Friday in Gainesville and then again down the road. He will visit plenty of other schools before his decision is final. Scout will be to follow his moves.

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