For Williams, Loyalty Is A 2-Way Street

The Florida Gators have a very solid commitment in Justin Williams, the 6-2, 183-pound wide receiver/cornerback from Folkston (GA) Charlton County. One of the reasons he's so solidly Gator has to do with the way Florida treated him even before he had his qualifying test score. The Gators have been consistent and loyal from day one, something Willams can't say about his home state school.

(Justin Williams profile)

Williams, who is rated four stars by, began the recruiting process with two schools in mind --- Florida and Georgia. His first test score came back and it was lower than what Williams expected. The Gators stuck with him through this time while Georgia dropped him.

Loyal to the people who were loyal to him, Williams committed to the Gators back on November 17, the week before Florida walloped Florida State, 34-7, in The Swamp. He was on hand to watch the Gators dispatch of the Seminoles, a good experience that helped solidify his commitment.

In the time since he committed, he's gotten a qualifying test score. When that happened Georgia showed up on his doorstep again, trying to convince him to break the commitment to Florida.

"Georgia stopped recruiting me because of my SAT score the first time out, but once I got a qualifying score they tried to get me to come in for a visit," said Williams. "I prayed about it and felt like it was not right, so I told them thanks but no thanks."

Williams took his official visit to Florida this past weekend. He spent his time getting to know future teammates, both freshmen who will be joining him in Gainesville in June for Summer B and current Gator players. He also had a chance to hang around with Coach Urban Meyer who has made a strong impression on him.

"I think he's a great guy you can talk to when you are down, you can go to him, because he cares about his players," said Williams, who had a large part in Charlton County winning consecutive state championships in Georgia the last two years.

Williams was also very impressed with the closeness of the Florida football team. He likes the way the players care for each other as friends and teammates. That helped him to know that the University of Florida was the right choice.

"The team is real close like a family," he said. "They are always together and they look after each other. I did not know that the coaches know everything about you … they know everything about all of the players. That's a family!"

Williams took a tour of the campus and sat in on position meetings with Florida coaches. He said the time spent with the coaches has him ready to come in and compete right away.

"They told me to get ready for the best three or four years of my life," said Williams.

Williams and his family left Gainesville very impressed with the campus, the coaches and future teammates. It's a real plus for his family that they can travel to Gainesville in less than two hours.

Williams is a devoted Christian whose faith is part of his daily life. He's a regular in church on Sunday mornings.

His advice to any recruit is, "Keep your eyes open and watch the people around you, and never let the attention go to your head."

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