Hammer It Down

There was never a question of where Shakenneth Williams wanted to play his college football.

The Rutland receiver had offers from Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, but wouldn't settle until he got an offer from the Dawgs.

"When I got that offer, I was like 'this is it.' I'm ready to make my mark and hammer it down," Williams said. "I felt like I did achieve one of my goals of working really hard for the Georgia offer."

After discussions with his family, the four-star wide receiver decided to make his commitment at Georgia's Dawg Night in July. He knew immediately Athens was the place for him.

"It was just kind of in the moment," Williams said of committing to Georgia. "I decided to go tell Coach Richt that I want to go to Georgia."

Williams wasn't the only one having trouble containing his excitement within Richt's office, though. The feelings were mutual.

"He (Richt) had a big smile, man," Williams said.

William's decision to play his college football at Georgia wasn't based solely on athletics, though. The Rutland senior already has his sights set on a career in early childhood development, his chosen major at the University of Georgia.

He also liked the fact Athens was close to home for him.

"My whole family loved the decision I made," Williams said. "They can come see me. It was awesome to everybody."

Williams had a chance to see Athens before his commitment, and felt it would be a home away from home for him. It just felt right.

"Just the environment when I was there: great people and great coaches," Williams said. "I've built a very good relationship with the coaching staff."

Throughout his recruitment, Williams spoke extensively with Georgia coaches Tony Ball and John Lilly. While Lilly works primarily with Georgia's tight ends, he had a big hand in recruiting the physical wideout from Macon, Ga.

"Me and Coach Lilly were neck and neck on everything," Williams said. "Just a great man all around."

All-around is a term that can be used to describe Williams' play as well. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver is physical, and tough to top it off. He may not be the tallest wideout in the 2014 class, but Scout.com has him ranked No. 51 on its list of receivers across the country for a reason.

Ball will look for Williams' physicality to help the passing game in any way possible.

"He said I've got a little bit more learning to do, but overall I'm going to go in there and he knows I'm physical enough to do anything possible to the defensive backs and stuff like that," Williams said.

Williams plans to get on the field as quickly as possible.

"Me and Coach Ball have talked about what I can do for the offense and stuff like that, and how can I fit in best; deep threat, blocking, on fourth and ones and stuff like that if we have to run a sweep," Williams said. "Just really being physical with everything."

He doesn't care where he plays, as long as he contributes to the ultimate goal.

"My goal is to help my team in any way possible," Williams said. "If that means I have to play any other position, I would do it, but I really just want to go out there and compete."

Williams has a few areas for improvement, including his quickness of the line as well as his route-running skills. He's aware of that, but he'll be able to overcome those obstacles as long as he works as hard as he did to earn the opportunity to play at Georgia.

"Once I got that offer, I felt relieved," Williams said. "I felt like I really went out there and worked for an offer as hard as I could."

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