Williford's part of the family

The LSU staff has made a habit out of pulling in out of state talent. This season the Tigers went back to Alabama, landing Dothan-native Josh Williford.

A three-star offensive lineman, Williford (6-7, 345) caught the eyes of offensive line coach Greg Studrawa at LSU’s Junior Day last spring.


After picking up an offer from head coach Les Miles upon returning to camp that summer, Williford hung up his hat on the recruiting process in late July and made Baton Rouge a place that he would call home.


With return trips to the Capitol City coming as often as possible, the most recent being when he took in the Alabama game, the Houston Academy standout has been able to settle into a new comfort zone.


"I love getting the chance to get to LSU for games like that," Williford said. "You get a chance to see all of the guys you camped with and just are able to cut loose. I am usually hanging out with the other commitments, especially Big Chris [Davenport] and Little Chris [Faulk]. Everyone's having a good time, almost like a big family reunion. I know it is weird to say like that, but it is like we are already a part of the LSU family together."



Josh Williford is projected to play guard for the Tigers


While Williford has gotten a chance to extend his family to include the LSU community, his immediate family is still getting their first taste of the Tigers.


"The Alabama game was really special because it was my mom's first time to Tiger Stadium for a game," Williford said. "Even though we didn't win, the stadium was rocking and it was a great atmosphere for her to be in. She had a great time, especially since she got to sit right by the student section."


While the future-Tiger has wrapped up his recruitment, Williford said that he is still helping to reel in talent for the 2009 class.


"I saw that Aubrey [Phillips] is looking around from Tennessee," Williford said. "I camped with him a couple of times after we met at a Tennessee camp. We have always roomed together and all that, so when I heard he was looking at LSU I got pretty excited. I am keeping in touch with him and just letting him know I am here if he needs help finding things out."


With his eyes on a degree from the LSU Veterinarian school, Williford said that the transition from high school to college should be one made with little struggle.


"I really have liked everything I have seen with LSU, from education to athletics," Williford said. "My decision was the best one for me, and it has worked out well so far. The only thing was that I used to get nervous when they would take us out on the field during pregame.


“I would always ask myself how someone could calm themselves down if they were playing in front of this many people. But when I took the field at Alabama, I could feel that it didn't affect me. I guess I am just settling down, in a good way of course. It is beginning to be my new home."


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