Williams connects with Louisville on visit

Jordan Williams, a 3-star DE from Gainesville, Fla., said he connected with Charlie Strong's coaching staff during his visit to Louisville this weekend. Williams, who lists the Cardinals in his Top 5, told InsideTheVille.com he enjoyed his visit so much that he's likely coming back for the season-opener against Kentucky.

Jordan Williams, a 6'4, 240-pound three-star defensive end from Gainesville, Fla., visited Louisville over the weekend and came away highly impressed with Charlie Strong's Cardinal football program.

Scout.com's No. 45-ranked DE, Williams arrived in Louisville Saturday afternoon after the Cardinals scrimmage and attended Fan Day at PJCS Sunday afternoon.

"I really liked it a lot," Williams told InsideTheVille.com. "I got to see the fan day and that was insane. It was a big crowd. It was good to see. I loved to see the fan support. I really didn't know what Louisville's fan support was like and that just showed it."

Williams said he was expecting to see farm land, cow pastures and horses on his visit to Louisville, but was pleasantly surprised to find a thriving metro area.

"It really wasn't what I expected. It's a huge place," Williams said. "I was supposed to make it in to watch the scrimmage but my flight got delayed. I made it in right after practice and saw the team meeting and the defensive line meeting and saw how the coaches [interact] with the players. I enjoyed that because I got to see the real feel of a college coach."

Williams came away impressed with Strong.

"Coach Strong is a real player's coach..exactly what I look for in a head coach," Williams said.

Jordan Williams enjoyed a great visit to Louisville this weekend.
Williams, whose primary recruiter at Louisville is wide receiver coach Ron Dugans, said he spent most of his time with defensive line coach Clint Hurtt on his visit.

"Coach [Clint] Hurtt is definitely also a players coach," Williams said. "He's real down to earth and a good guy, funny dude. He's exactly what I'm looking for in a coach. I spent most of my time with Coach Hurtt. I loved the coaching staff."

Williams said the Louisville coaching staff kept selling him on the opportunity to play as a freshman.

"They keep saying it would be somewhere I could play early," Williams said. "That's what they kept telling me while I was up there visiting because they have a real need right now. I'd fit right in at defensive end how they run their scheme. It's not the biggest consideration, but of course I would love to play early."

Williams says the most important factor in his decision is the coaching staff he'll play for in college.

"My connection with the Louisville coaches is probably the strongest out of all....I won't say that but it's up there," Williams said. "I'm real close with the coaches. We haven't really been in contact that long, me and Coach Dugans have, but it was just real easy to fit in and feel out the coaches when I was there."

Strong has another strong connection with Williams – he's known the standout defensive ends dad since his college days at Florida.

"The [Louisville] coaching staff really impressed me," Williams said. "Coach Strong knows my family and he was actually an undergrad when my dad played at Florida. So he knows my dad pretty well. I know what kind of guy he is personally. My dad told me he's a just a great all-around guy."

Williams also had an opportunity to meet several Louisville players, including junior defensive lineman Greg Scruggs. Williams said he enjoyed spending time with the Cardinal players.

"I got to talk to Scruggs," Williams said. "He was a funny dude. They were just real welcoming, [saying] 'hey how you doing, hope you make the right decision and come here.' They were cracking on each other making jokes all day. It was a good atmosphere."

Williams said he could "definitely" see himself spending four years at Louisville. "That's going to be one of my five official [visits]," said Williams. "The five I'm going to go visit are: Louisville, Tennessee, Oregon, USF and Arkansas. Nobody's standing out, especially after the visit I took. It kind of scrambled things up. I'm almost positive I'm going to [Louisville] for the Kentucky game September 4th. They kept talking about the Kentucky rivalry the whole time."

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