PROFILE: Alex Williams - New Orleans

Heading into his junior campaign at New Orleans-Landry, Alex Williams was already considered the top offensive tackle prospect in the state of Louisiana.

The 6-6, 295-pounder was already getting recruited by some of the top college programs in America then in the blink of an eye everything changed.

Williams was one of the thousands of high school students in the Crescent City displaced by Hurricane Katrina. He ended up relocating and enrolling at French Settlement which is a tiny Class B school in Livingston Parish but that move presented another obstacle the young man had to deal with.

French Settlement does not field a football team so Williams did not have the opportunity to do what he loves most and that is play football.

"It's been hard on all of us but it's been especially hard on Alex," said his father, Alex Diggs. "He was really looking forward to his junior year at Landry because he really felt like he was starting to develop as a good football player.

Diggs said that Williams likes French Settlement but he is looking at transferring to a school where he can show college coaches that he still has the skills that made him such a highly coveted prospect as a sophomore.

"Alex loves football and he wants to get back on the field," said Diggs. "Some have told us about Walker High School and I think Alex is also thinking about going back and playing for O.P. Walker. His old coach (Derrick Lamothe) is there now so that may be an option too."

Coaches from all over have been trying to find out where Williams had moved to and it looks like word is starting to get out. Coaches from LSU, Ole Miss, Clemson and Auburn have been by French Settlement to see if he passes the eye test and the early feedback has been very positive.

"All of the coaches that have come by have all said that they were glad to finally have found Alex," Diggs said. "They all said they think he is a major recruit despite not playing as a junior. They love his size and his attitude towards everything."

Williams is playing basketball right now so he can stay in shape but this summer he plans on hitting some camps to work off the rust from not playing as a junior.

"He (Williams) is going to try to go to a few camps just to try and get back into his groove before next season," Diggs said. "All of the coaches that are coming by have said they want to see him at a camp. I figure he will need to show them that he has not lost anything and then the offers will start to come."

Diggs said that his son plans on attending LSU's Junior Day on March 4 and then they will start looking at where he will finish up his high school career at.

Some lucky high school coach will be getting a big bonus for next year but where Alex Williams end up?

Stay tuned for more as Tiger Rag will be here to bring you the latest on Alex Williams and the rest of the top prospects for 2007.

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