LSU After Florida Lineman

Duaron Williams is fresh off a strong showing at The Opening, showing the nation why coaches from across the SEC have trekked to Orlando over the past few months. Could Williams be closing in on new offers?

Duaron Williams was one of the Florida prospects invited to Beaverton, Oregon for The Opening, a camp that gathered some of the nation's elite prospects from both sides of the ball.

On the offensive line, Texas commitment Curtis Riser took home the Most Valuable Player award. Scout.com then recognized four additional linemen when breaking down the camp's Top 5 at each position.

Williams, joining fellow Floridian Patrick Miller, was on the short list at camp's end.

Back home in Orlando, Williams told Scout.com that college coaches from across the map have begun picking up the pace with their recruitment of the 6-foot-4, 296-pounder.

"I have probably close to 20 offers," Williams said. "Lots of SEC schools have been hitting me up lately. Arkansas, Auburn, and Alabama are a few that have been talking to me more here in the last few weeks. Maybe some offers will come through. Arkansas is really into me right now, so they might be next. I'll just have to wait and see at this point.

"I've got offers from SEC schools like Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Kentucky. Here in Florida I have Central Florida, South Florida, and Florida International. Because of how I do in the classroom, I got offered from Duke. I'm just happy with how many different programs are after me, and I hope the options keep coming."

Williams pointed to LSU as a school that has been on him the hardest over the past couple of months, ranging from phone calls from the staff to a pair of visits from LSU assistants.

"Coach (Billy) Gonzales was the first LSU coach to come out and see me last spring," Williams said. "He told my coaches that he really liked me, and he got back and told the offensive line coach about me. The next thing I knew, coach (Greg) Studrawa had come out to see me in person. He really liked me, too. Now I talk with them about once every week.

"LSU is one school that I'm really hoping will offer, and if they did then they would definitely be one of my top few teams. I got invited to camp this week, but I'm just not going to be able to make it over there. I wish I could. They might be one of the five official visits I take, so that would be my next chance to come see the campus and meet the rest of the coaches. I've definitely heard about how wild the games are, so it's on my mind already.

"Coach Stud also told me about their history of guys on the line. They brought in Joseph Barksdale from Michigan and he was a defensive lineman, but coach Stud switched him to offensive line and then he got drafted into the NFL. That shows me that their coaches can develop talent and get me to where I want to be."

Williams has no decision date planned, nor has he scheduled any of his five official visits for the fall.


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