One-on-One: DL Dan Williams - *UK Offer

Dan Williams, a 6-4, 320-pound defensive lineman who plays for East High School in Memphis, TN., talked to <i>Scout.com</i> about his official visit to Mississippi State this past weekend - as well as his offer list that includes Kentucky.

Dan Williams Profile:

You officially visited MSU this past weekend. Who else are you going to officially visit?
"I am visiting the University of Memphis on the 3rd (of January) and UT on December 10th. I may change that date due to an all-star game that date."

What schools have offered scholarships?
"The whole SEC except for Georgia, Florida and LSU, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, the University of Memphis, Southern Miss and Clemson."

Talk about your visit to State this past weekend.
"It was very enjoyable. Coach Croom was very up front and didn't try to beat around the bush. He told me that if I come to State they are going to make me work. He was very up front. He was like you come here you will have the opportunity to play but you are going to have to work to play. He is straight. He is going to speak his mind. He said I could come to Mississippi State and help them win the SEC and eventually win a national championship. The players got along just like family. There is no quit in them."

So, playing early is important to you.
"Playing early, especially in the SEC."

Who would you say are you top 5 schools?
"Right now, I would say I have a top 4. I would probably say Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State and Memphis."

Who would you say is recruiting you the hardest?
"I really can't say just one. All of them are recruiting me hard."

Would you say the four you mentioned as your top 4 are the ones recruiting you the hardest?
"I would probably say they are the ones recruiting me the hardest. Oklahoma State doesn't really call but they send letters."

What do you like about each school?
"Tennessee, I kind of grew up a fan (of theirs). The guy recruiting me, Trooper Taylor, is a very exciting guy. Basically, they told me that I could help early, probably start as a freshman.

"Auburn is having an undefeated season. And that has really caught my eye. Another thing is I probably want to go to a place where they are winning.

"Memphis is like right around the corner. I think they are on the rise. I have been here all my life and I have seen when they were 3 and 9. Coach West has them believing. Now, he has them going to back to back bowls. I could play early because Albert Means is about to graduate. Basically, they won't have much depth at my position."

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