LSU recruiting coordinator Don Yanowsky visited McDonough, Ga. in late May with a mission – deliver an offer to Anthony Williams.
Since then, Yanowsky and the Tiger staff have been attempting to gain ground in a race that they entered later than most. How have they fared?
“Coach Don has made a big impression,” Williams said. “He is recruiting me as hard as anyone, and he makes me feel like LSU is a place that needs me.”
The No. 56 ranked defensive end in the country, who was in on 80 tackles and eight sacks during his junior campaign, said that the impression was good enough to warrant a visit.
“I was not sure if I would make an unofficial visit to LSU, but coach Don convinced me,” Williams said. “He told me that the sooner I get over the better, so I am coming on July 19.”
What will the three-star prospect be looking for on the trip?
“I want the campus to impress me, so hopefully I will like that side of things,” Williams said. “I also want to get to know more of the staff, because I feel like I already have a good feel for what LSU football is about. I just want to meet the guys who make it all happen.”
Those coaches, he pointed out, could be his ticket to playing on Sundays.
“I see LSU as a place where the staff can turn out a first round pick like nobody’s business,” Williams said. “I like players like Glen Dorsey, so to follow in those footsteps would be something special.”
While he has tabbed Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida State as frontrunners at different points in his process, Williams said that the Tiger staff has done enough over the past two months to even the playing field.
“LSU is definitely in the mix, and with the next couple visits I have coming up I could see the playing field becoming completely open once more,” he said. “I am also going to be at Auburn, Florida State and Florida, so it will be a big time for me and my decision making process.”
Williams said that he still has no timeframe on making the final call.