Three-star LB Williams adds UofL to list

Three-star Monroeville, Pa., linebacker Armstead Williams has added a new school to his list of favorites. After informing last week that he had narrowed his list to three schools, Williams tells that Louisville is now "coming up" his list.

Three-star Monroeville, Pa., linebacker Armstead Williams has added a new school to his list of favorites.

Last week, Williams, 6-3, 205, told that he had narrowed his list to three schools – Maryland, Iowa and Purdue. But after recent discussions with Charlie Strong's coaching staff, Williams has added Louisville to his list.

"Louisville is coming up [my list]," Williams said. "They're on my radar. Louisville is in my Top 4 now. It's still those three schools but Louisville is in there now."

Williams said he has spoken with Strong, and is impressed with the Cardinals first-year head coach.

"I've been talking to Coach Strong and [his assistants]," Williams said. "They're talking about me playing as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. I talked to Coach [Dave] Borbely last week and he told me everything about Louisville and to stay focused on my upcoming game."

What does Williams like about Strong's Cards?

"I know Coach Strong was the defensive coordinator at Florida and now he's the head coach," Williams said. "So that team is all about defense and I'm thinking about playing defense. And they play...freshmen, they've got a couple linebackers starting as freshmen."

Though Williams hasn't seen Louisville play this season he is familiar with Strong's defense from his coaching days at Florida.

"He seems like he's a cool coach," Williams said. "He likes players that get to the ball. He's real positive about things. He's aggressive with his defensive calls. I like the way he coaches defense."

Williams said Louisville's willingness to play freshmen could play a role in his decision.

"It's a big factor because I don't want to work super hard and wait until I'm a junior to see the field," Williams said. "I know no starting job is going to be given out but I'm going to work hard to play as a freshman. So that's a big [factor]."

Williams said that Iowa and Purdue are recruiting him as a wide receiver, while Louisville and Maryland see him as an outside linebacker. "Right now, I'm thinking about playing defense," said Williams. "I've got good vision, great range and I'm quick to the ball. I like to hit."

Williams still appears early in his recruiting process. He has no official visits set at this point, but might trip to Maryland for an official visit soon for an upcoming game.

"I haven't talked to Louisville about a visit yet, so I'll probably talk to them about that the next time I talk to them," Williams said. "I'll make some visits before I make a decision. I'll probably make my decision toward the end of the football season."

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