“I was surprised when LSU came to my school,” said Anthony Williams. “It was good to hear from them and to know they were really interested. Then in May they gave me an offer. It was kind of overwhelming, but I’m trying to have fun with it.”
The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has not been able to visit LSU or talk extensively with the coaches, but he plans to do both this summer.
“I’m going to call them sometime this week to talk to the coaches,” added Williams. “I’m basically just going talk to them and get a chance for my parents to talk to them. I really want to visit LSU.”
The Tigers are one of the newest offers for Williams, but he has already stockpiled a heavy list of suitors.
“I have quite a few offers,” he said. “Georgia Tech, Auburn, West Virginia, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Indiana and East Carolina. I’ve visited Florida State, Auburn, Tech and Tennessee.”
Out of all of those offers, is there a top five in Williams’ eyes?
“Auburn, LSU, Tech, Florida State and Stanford stand out to me,” he said.
The three-star recruit and No 58-ranked defensive end is also looking at Florida, where he plans to camp this summer. The Gators will take a hard look at the end and see if he is worthy of an offer.
“It’s one of the top schools,” he said about Florida. “It’s not too far from home. I love the defense and the energy down there.”
A Georgia Tech camp is also in the works for Williams. The Yellow Jackets hold a home field advantage, and he has connections to the school from his native state.
Williams got a glimpse of how LSU and Georgia Tech match up in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve. The Bayou Bengals’ 38-3 rout of the Yellow Jackets is what initiated Williams’ interest in LSU.
“I love watching LSU,” he said. “They beat up Tech this year in the bowl game. There is a lot of energy down there towards football.”
The storied history of LSU’s defensive linemen being first round draft picks– Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Marcus Spears and company – is impressive to Williams, but he believes he could make his mark at any schools.
“I look at guys like Glenn Dorsey and say that could be me, but at the same time I think about that with every school,” explained Williams. “I usually look at each school and see what players they have. If I had to redshirt my freshman year I don’t have a problem with it.”
Auburn is one of his favorites because of his relationship with Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. Michigan State has also garnered last-minute interest, even though there is no offer from the Spartans.
The visits and camps will help him get a better feel for each school, but he already has some standards for each possible destination.
“Education is a priority. Chemistry with the coaches is important. Everybody wants to go somewhere they can win so that’s important as well.”
As a junior, Williams was in on 80 tackles and registered eight sacks.