RECRUITING: Justin Williams Commits To Gators

It hasn't exactly been a secret that Justin Williams would commit to the Florida Gators. It's been expected for weeks and simply a question of when he would make it official. The 6-2, 187-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Folkston (GA) Charlton County, (rated four stars by decided to end the suspense Thursday when he called Coach Urban Meyer with the good news.

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Williams had been hinting for weeks that he would go public with a commitment to Florida when he visits Gainesville next weekend for the Florida-Florida State game. He decided why wait any longer after a long talk with a couple of folks very close to him on Wednesday.

"I talked to my momma and my coach and they decided I should go ahead and commit to the Gators," Williams said. "I like Coach Meyer and the rest of the coaches. They are good guys and so are the players. They want me as an athlete. I have a chance to play both offense and defense."

Williams said Meyer was very happy to get the commitment and that the Florida coach reminded him that he has to take care of his academics so he can start school in August of 2006.

"(Coach Meyer) asked me how everything was going and about my grades and that was the main thing right now," Williams said. "He said to just keep working hard and get that stuff done I needed to qualify. I am just waiting on my score. Coach Meyer was real excited when I called and so was my coach."

A question was raised about Williams' former teammate, Justin Mincey. The Gators recruited Mincey hard last year but the defensive end signed with Florida State. He didn't qualify academically however and wound up at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Mincey is also a cousin of Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey.

Asked if rumors that Justin Mincey is waffling on his commitment to Florida State, Williams replied, "I am not sure about Justin Mincey."

Justin Williams makes it two big time commitments this week from skill players in the Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia corridor. Jamar Hornsby of Jacksonville was Florida's eleventh commitment earlier in the week. His buddy from the recruiting circuit, Williams, became number 12 for Florida's growing and impressive class of 2006.

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