RECRUITING: Texas RB Puts Gators At Head Of Class

Mesquite (TX) Horn running back Mon Williams surprised a lot of people last week when he told a reporter at the combine in Waco that his favorite team right now is the Florida Gators. The 6-1, 190-pound Williams is an all-star recruit from the Lone Star state who is on everybody's radar. The Gators have offered and Mon likes the vibes he's getting from Gainesville.

Mon showed his stuff at the All-American combine in Waco, running a 4.55 in the 40, a 4.15 shuttle, 33-inch vertical and a 7.28 3-cone drill, all which ranked in the top seven for the entire combine. The coaches around the country have taken notice, including several in Gainesville, Florida.

"Florida is recruiting me hard and has already offered me," Williams said. "Yes sir, they are my favorite. I just liked them ever since I was small and I still like them now. I just liked them and 'The Swamp.' I want to come down there and see what the campus is like. More than likely, I will come by and visit this summer."

Like everyone else, the Gators noticed the eye-popping stats that Williams put up as a junior when he led his district in rushing with 1,498 yards on 252 carries, good for 11 touchdowns. He also showed the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield with 13 receptions for 150 yards.

The Gator coaching staff has been out to watch Williams in person. They evidently liked what they saw because Williams has been offered a scholarship to be a Gator in the fall of 2006.

"[Offensive coordinator] Dan Mullen is recruiting me for the Gators," he said. "The coaches came out to one of my spring practices."

Spring football ended last week for Williams and his Horn teammates. His time in the spring finale was cut short for precautionary measures, still he had time to dance in the end zone a couple of times.

"I did good," Williams said. "I scored on the second play from six yards. They didn't let me play much, because they didn't want me to get hurt, but I also scored from 34 yards out later in the game."

Williams will have to step his play up a few notches this year, but he has the ability to handle the increased pressure of being the dynamic player at the highest levels of competition. He already has the size, but Williams brings more to the table.

"My vision is my best attribute on the field," he said. "I think I run well in traffic because of it. I also have speed and power and am smooth when I need to be."

He doesn't anticipate dragging out his recruiting until signing day. Instead Williams plans on having it all mapped out and getting that final decision done at least a couple of months earlier.

"I will try and take all my visits during the season," he said. I will probably make my decision about mid-season."

The Gators are set to make another huge push into the Lone Star state this year for talent. At or near the very top of that list of talent is Mon Williams in a position of real need for the Gators. Williams certainly likes the attention from the sunshine state.

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