Keeping LSU in the hunt

Alabama standout safety Jarrick Williams is on top of dozens of coach's wish lists for 2010, and for good reason. The 4-star is the No. 6 rated safety in the country, and an LSU offer has him looking to make a trip to Baton Rouge.

The Tigers have already signed a pair of defensive backs in the 2010 class.

Yet, head coach Les Miles and his staff remains on the hunt, and one of their main targets has been Alabama safety Jarrick Williams.

Williams, who finished his junior season with 94 tackles and two interceptions, said that he hopes to make the trek from Prichard to Baton Rouge before the end of the summer.

“Hopefully one day soon I can get down there, because the staff has let me know that they have a spot for me,” he said. “I have not been over to Baton Rouge for a visit, so getting there will help me learn a lot more about the program.

“Right now, all I really know is what I have seen on television and then hear from other people.”

Brick Haley, a Gadsden native, is recruiting the defensive prospect to the Tigers, a connection that could go a long way to pulling Williams to LSU.

“The defensive line coach is recruiting me, and he told me that there is a big need for safeties in this class, and he wants me to fill one of the open spots,” he said.

“I picked up my offer from LSU a while back, so things have been good for a while,” added Williams. “Coach told me that the rest of the staff is looking forward to getting an eye on me when I get over, so I am looking forward to it. LSU was a big offer for me, so they are definitely in the running.”

As for other suitors, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety said that he remains wide open, though interest is coming heavy from one in-state program.

“Alabama offered me first and has been on me the hardest,” Williams said. “I really like Coach Saban and the program, and they let me know they want me to be a part of things there.”

With his offer sheet recently hitting double digits, Williams said that the future should see him narrow down his choices before making visits in the fall.

“I just picked up an offer from Arkansas, so I am well over ten offers now,” he said. “I am going to get to some places maybe this summer sometime, then I am going to think about some of my top teams for my official visits. I think I might even wait until January to decide.”

Williams holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Mississippi State, among others.


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