With spring practice kicking into gear, college coaches are back on the recruitment trail as they begin their opening rounds of evaluations prior to the start of summer camps.
Wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy hopped on a flight for the east coast earlier this week, making one of his first stops in Norfolk, VA.
His travels brought him to Lake Taylor High, where the nation’s no. 33 ranked outside linebacker prospect suits up on Friday nights.
Travis Williams played both ways as a junior, catching 32 passes for 575 yards and four touchdowns at wide receiver while recording 78 tackles and 14 sacks on the defensive side.
Meeting coach McCarthy for the first time this past week, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect said that his interest in the Tiger program is at an all-time high.
“Coach Mac was as cool as the weather,” he said. “He stopped by here on Wednesday and saw me practice, which was one day after the Tennessee coaches came by. I did not really know what to expect after that, but I called him up later and he said that he saw big things.”
Such big things, Williams said, that an offer was handed down.
“He told me I am what the staff wants, and he offered,” he said. “It was crazy for me, but I just got my mind right and took it in. Getting an offer from LSU lets you know that you are the real deal.
“Coach told me that I was a super cool kid, and I think that we are getting along great,” he added. “I am just laid back and waiting to hear more now. After a visit like that, you realize that you got to be as wide open as you can be.”
What words did McCarthy leave with Williams on his future with the Tiger program?
“He told me that I am one of the country’s great players, and that is big time to hear,” he said. “He wants me to get down on a visit this summer, and I will do that. It is a good look, because a lot of programs like LSU are changing their linebacker schemes, and I have great speed so I feel like I fit into the direction that teams like that are headed.
“I am down to just at 200 pounds now, but that is because I am running the 100s and 200s in track,” he added. “Once the fall comes around I will put on some weight and see how I feel. I am just staying in shape and seeing if the college coaches like me with my current frame.”
When it comes evaluation time, what is the Norfolk native looking for in a college?
“I think that big time football is where I want to be, and LSU is definitely in that mix,” he said. “They are in the SEC and they have the NFL thing going on. If you play at LSU, you get into the league.
“Guys like JaMarcus Russell went to the league, and then LSU was able to win a National Championship the next year. That is big time.”
As for other schools in the mix, Williams said that the summer should look to be a time to narrow his choices.
“My letters that come on the regular are from LSU, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia,” he said. “Those are also my big time offers, so everything is all good. This summer I will cut it down, but I am just laid back until then.”