RECRUITING: UF Changes Williams' Perspectives

When Keiland Williams arrived on the Florida campus for his official visit, he thought the Gators are all about the passing game. By the time the five-star rated running back from Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Virginia) was on his was home, his perspectives about the priorities of the Florida offense had changed completely.


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(Keiland Williams profile)

"The offense was a big concern before I got there," said Williams, who is a 6-0, 225-pound package of power and speed. "Coach (Stan) Drayton and I talked about it beforehand. When I got there, I sat down and watched film and that helped my perspective a lot. I always thought they were a predominantly passing offense, but I watched games and feel a lot better about it."

Williams, who is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, also had his perspectives changed about Florida's depth chart. Officially, there are four running backs, all underclassmen, on the Florida roster, but that is expected to be much different in the spring.

"They told me they expect DeShawn Wynn to go pro and another back was going to transfer," Williams said. "With only two backs on the roster, they didn't say I would start, but I could come in immediately and compete."

The numbers say that Williams could definitely compete. As a junior at Lafayette Northside, he ran for more than 2,500 yards and 38 touchdowns. At Hargrave, sharing time with Alabama commitment Mike Ford and Maryland commitment Marvin Green at the tailback position, Williams hammered out more than 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns.

His visit to Gainesville went very well. Florida is his second official visit (Ole Miss was his first) and he still has officials scheduled with Southern Cal and LSU.

"My visit went real good, and I expected it to go well," Williams said when Gator Country caught up with him in North Carolina where he was waiting to connect to a flight back to Virginia. "Some of the players that had visited there from Hargrave said that I would really enjoy it and I did."

A highlight of his weekend on the Florida campus was one on one time with Coach Urban Meyer, who made a very strong impression.

"Coach Meyer and I we spoke before, but really getting to sit down and talk to him, he's a great guy," Williams said. "I really liked getting to know all the coaches, and everyone involved with the program. Besides that, I just liked how close the guys are. It's like they are a great family and everyone gets along with everybody. I liked to see how they live in the dorms and all of that."

He was hosted on the visit by freshman safety Dorian Munroe of Miami, who has a very similar personality.

"Dorian Munroe was my host," he said. "He and I are alike. We are pretty much laid back. We stayed in his room and played Madden and went riding on his scooter and stuff. I am laid back and don't go out all that much, so that was fun."

He had a good visit but he is not ready to make a commitment or even name a real leader.

"I can't say that I have a top two or three because I haven't visited everywhere," he said. "I am not going to break it down until I take all my visits."

Williams appears to have made a significant rise on the Florida recruiting board. The Gators will likely sign three running backs on signing day and Williams could be the big back that Florida covets.


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