RECRUITING: Gerald Williams still committed to UF

Gerald Williams, the four-star linebacker from Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson hasn't retracted his commitment from the University of Florida, but he's surveying his options and keeping an open mind.

Williams was in Knoxville along with nine other recruits last Saturday for the Tennessee-Notre Dame game where he was hosted by fellow Floridian Brent Schaeffer, a freshman quarterback who is out for the rest of the regular season with a broken collarbone.

"It (the visit) went real good," said Williams. "I liked the crowd. I got to talk to a few coaches while I was there."

He made the visit with his best friend and fellow Florida commitment Vladimir Richard, the big defensive end from Fort Lauderdale Piper. He and Richard hung out together but as for other recruits he said, "I didn't really know them."

Williams committed to Florida July 13, but with the recent firing of Coach Ron Zook and uncertainty about how many, if any, of the assistants will be retained by the new, but yet un-named coach, Williams is taking a serious look at other schools. Demetrice Morley of Miami Killian, who committed to Florida the same day as Williams, has already switched his commitment to Tennessee.

"I'm still committed but debating," he said of his commitment to Florida. "I will probably make up my mind on signing day."

The primary influence in his final decision will be "where I feel good about being and where my heart is. The atmosphere will most definitely be a part of my decision."

Florida remains in the picture for Williams because of linebackers coach Bill Miller, his projected position coach when he made the commitment to UF. Miller and the Gator staff earned Williams trust by letting him know he would have a chance to compete for a position at linebacker. Most of the schools recruiting Williams are projecting him as a defensive end.

It is going to be a long road for Florida this recruiting season, especially holding on to committed recruits. The coaches that are recruiting these kids and calling them on the phone can't even guarantee that they will be at UF on signing day. Gerald Williams is showing his uncertainty with the situation, but his wait and see attitude is probably the best the Gators can hope for.


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