Sleeping Easy

ATLANTA – A new coach has changed everything for Andrew Williams and Georgia and given the Bulldogs recruiting momentum in the final stages of the game.

So much so that Mark Richt called him to wish him good luck before appearing on the New College Football Show: Next Class 2014 on Monday night.

"Coach Richt just called me to tell me good luck on the show, and asked me to give (Georgia) a shout-out on the show," Williams said with a laugh.

That didn't happen, but the Bulldogs' new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has helped Georgia surge into a competitive spot to sign Eagles Lading Christian's Andrew Williams with Auburn and Clemson – on-air shout out or not.

"I really didn't have an offer from Georgia until he took over," Williams said.

Williams was convinced to take a final official visit to Georgia the weekend before Signing Day, and that pushed the Bulldogs' momentum into the a three-way fight for the defensive end.

"They made (the official visitors) a priority every where we went. It was a fun visit all around. Everywhere we went people knew us… they were chanting our names at the gymnastics meet," Williams said of his official visit to Georgia over the weekend. "Coach Pruitt and Coach Rocker… they made me feel at home."

The visit went a long way in Pruitt, only on the job in Athens for the last three weeks, explaining his vision of Williams'' play in Silver Britches.

"I am a hand-in-the-dirt type of guy – that's how I feel I am," Williams said. "Most of Georgia's packages are one-on-one situations, and that's what I like – a 4-3 defense, not a 3-4. I am not a linebacker. The way Coach Pruitt broke it down for me was nice. I liked it."

But Georgia will have to hold off two of feline rivals in Clemson and Auburn. Both sets of Tigers are using their claws to try to pull Williams in.

"What's not to like about Clemson? They play the big dogs – not just in the ACC," he said of the Tigers. "Coach Hobby's track record with defensive ends is fantastic – he produces."

Williams said he had a good trip to Clemson a few weeks ago.

"I liked hanging around with them and bonding with them. It was genuine – it wasn't an act," he said.

Auburn, too, has made a big play for Williams and has done so for some time.

"I started visiting Auburn in the summer," Williams said. "That was when they had just gotten done with a horrible season. I was just there to check it out. I really bought into them saying they were going to turn it around – that caught my interest. Then seeing them do what they said they were going to do in action… you have to take note of that."

But a big question remains – did Georgia wait too long to make an impact on Williams?

"I don't think Georgia is too late to the party – no," Williams said. "That visit just showed me everything I wanted to see. I would not have taken the visit if they were too late. Georgia is in state, so of course you are going to be interested in playing for your home team."

So the final 24 hours of recruiting will be a blitz of messages, calls and one big decision for Williams.

"Nothing is set in stone in my mind right now," he said. "I am going to talk to the coaches again – it's crazy right now… them calling and seeing the interest. But I have to sit down with my family and discuss why or why not. I want to sleep easy. I want to know Tuesday night… especially because I am signing at 2 PM – that entire day is going to be crazy."

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