Travis Williams, a three-star prospect, claims that some will be surprised with his new top five but now he can shift his focus to just these remaining schools and his upcoming senior year.
“I’m ready to drop my top five and I will be calling all of the following schools to let them know,” said Williams. “My top schools are Miami, LSU, Penn State, Tennessee, and UNC in no particular order. I saw Virginia Tech and I’m a city boy so that kind of ruled them out.”
While the No. 36-ranked outside linebacker did say that these schools are going to get all of his attention and he feels relieved of the stress, Williams does plan on visiting West Virginia at some point next week.
“They have been recruiting me pretty hard,” said Williams. “So I’m going to go see what they have to offer and if I have to change up my five, I will.”
LSU wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy is recruiting Williams for the Tigers and has received nothing but high marks from the all-state linebacker.
“I’ve always said that coach Mac is one of the coolest cats I know,” said Williams. “We have a great relationship and he has always talked straight with me about my future and how LSU can help me achieve my goals.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Lake Taylor High standout registered 68 tackles, 15 sacks and over 600 yards and four touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball on his way to all-state and all-region selections as a junior. Williams claims a 4.38 40-time but says that his heart is in the linebacker position.
“I really like defense and I like to hit,” said Williams. “The LSU coaches are telling me that they would use me on the outside and have me moving around the field checking people. I like that idea a lot.”
The other finalists are also standing in good grace with Williams, who claims that he doesn’t have a leader, and he expanded on what jumps out at him with each of the five suitors.
UNC: “I really like the Chapel Hill area and its not too country like everybody thinks.”
Miami: “I just like the tradition of great defensive players that they have every year…a lot of good NFL linebackers have come out of Miami and it’s a great city.”
Tennessee: “I really like all of the media attention that they are getting and I like that the new staff has all of that intensity.”
Penn State: “I grew up around there and the coaching staff is cool so they have a good little thing going on.”
LSU: “Man, just all that speed they always have and they really are a pro factory.”
The Tigers appear to be in good shape with Williams heading into August and he phoned the LSU staff on Friday to inform them of his good news.
“I’m for sure coming to that Florida game if I can,” laughed Williams. “I called coach Mac and he was excited to hear that they made the cut.”
Williams has a 2.4 grade point average and has yet to receive his scores from his first ACT test.