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Carl Williams pledged to Illinois back in the summer. With signing day drawing closer, the Florida safety scheduled an official visit to Iowa. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the Jacksonville product to get the latest.

Carl Williams wants an opportunity to play right away. Buried on the depth chart is not appealing to the Class of 2011 safety.

"You got to programs like Florida or USC and you sit until you're a junior or a senior," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Florida said. "I don't want to mess with that. I want to see the field and contribute early."

Opportunity led the Jacksonville First Coast High product to verbally commit to Illinois in early August. It also played a role in him setting up an official visit to Iowa on Jan. 21.

"I'm just going to go there and enjoy myself," Williams said. "If they show me something that leads me to believe it's better than Illinois…we'll see. I'm just going to go with the flow and see what happens."

Williams piled up 72 Tackles (seven for loss), three sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and five pass deflections as a senior. He's posted a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical leap.

Scout.com ranks Williams as a three-star recruit on a five-star scale. The service rates him as the 79th best safety in the 2011 class nationally.

"I watched Iowa in the (Insight) bowl game and liked what I saw defensively," Williams said. "They play a lot of zone and we did that in high school."

Williams said he does not have a preference when it comes to the free and strong safety positions.

"I just want to feel comfortable in the system and with the coaches and players," Williams said. "I'm interested in seeing what the environment is like at Iowa."

Williams will be visiting Iowa the same weekend as will D.C. area DeMatha Catholic teammates Cyrus Kouandjio and Darian Cooper.


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