For Chris Williamson he was a bit surprised by the way things went on his Florida official visit this last weekend. Going into the trip, a recent visit to Michigan was on his mind a lot and he really wasn’t expected to be swayed by that. Things changed when he arrived in Gainesville.
“I went down there on the visit and they rolled out the red carpet for me,” Williamson said. They tried to show me everything they could.
“I got a good feeling for the coaches and the players. I fit in real good with those guys. I just had that feeling like this is where I was supposed to be.
“My mom, my dad, and I were all Michigan going into the visit. We tried to find every reason not to give it to Florida, but when we got there it was everything we wanted to see and more.”
Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and defensive back coach Kirk Callahan had basically a month to work on Williamson and his recruitment to Florida. It isn’t a lot of time to work on relationships with prospects, but the new coaching staff was able to overcome.
“Things happened so late,” Williamson said of all the attention he got from everyone in January. “Everyone had to build a relationship with me as soon as they could. Those guys built a relationship with me as fast as possible. I just connected with those guys so well. I feel comfortable with those guys and can’t wait to play for them.”
Jim McElwain got on him a little earlier, back in December. Florida’s head coach made sure that the Gators were one of the very first of the slew of late offers for Williamson and he let the young man know that he thinks he has a chance to be a great one.
“I have good impressions of Coach McElwain,” Williamson said. “He came in, watched my film, and offered me the next day. It shows how much he respects the way I play. Getting down there and talking with him I had a real good meeting and sat down with him. He is just a real good guy and I believe under him the Florida program is going to win.”
He is a star on either side of the ball, but Williamson knows that defense is where his heart is and where he feels he will excel.
“Florida offered me as an athlete, but I preferred to go down there and play corner,” he said. “The offensive coordinator liked me as well. I could see a couple of snaps on the offensive side of the ball. It is something I will find out when I get down there.”
The sell for Williamson was never about coming and starting right away. Florida laid the truth out there about the quality of players on the depth chart. They also made sure he knew that as a freshman he should still play because there is basically no depth at the position. Williamson loves the idea of learning and competing with All-American types like Vernon Hargreaves who happened to be his host for last weekend’s visit.
“They are getting a hard and physical corner,” he said of what Gator fans should expect from him. “Someone that will come ready to work every day and someone that is prepared. I have been working with Ray Buchanan and he has been helping me with my DB skills. I am definitely coming in to Florida to compete with the good corners they have and I am just ready to learn from those guys.”
Finally, Williamson left off with his thoughts of being a Gator.
“It feels good,” he said. “I can’t wait to be part of the family.”
(Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons contributed to this report)