LB Talks About Recruiting

At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep standout linebacker Emory Williams is excited for this season to start after missing last year because of an injury.

"It feels real good to be back again," Williams said. "I can't wait for the season to start. I want to get 20 tackles a game and really make an impact out there. We've been working real hard as a team. We just went to the passing camp at FIU last weekend."

Williams, who also attended the NIKE Camp at UM back in April, was close to participating in the UM camp last month.

"I wanted to do it and everything," he said, "but I had just got back into town at the last minute and wasn't really ready. I went out there but didn't participate."

Williams said he spoke to UM coach Vernon Hargreaves at the camp.

"He asked me why I wasn't out there [participating] and I explained to him about being out of town," he said. "He pulled me aside and we started talking. He asked me what was up and I told him I'm starting to like Florida a lot now because they said I can play early. He was like 'everyone will tell you that. We want you here.' But they haven't offered me yet. He said he'll be in contact and said he'll be watching me this fall."

Williams, who also competes in basketball and track (11.8 100m), has been playing football since he was six. He's played all over the field ("pretty much every position except for quarterback") and will go both ways this season. That's another thing college coaches like about him.

"Recruiting is going real good right now," he said. "I've been keeping in touch a lot with coaches from Florida, Colorado State, Michigan State, and of course UM. They all called me in the spring and I've just kept in touch since they can only make one call."

The talented linebacker is listing the Gators as his top choice right now.

"Florida's at the top right now," he said. "Then it's Colorado State, Michigan State, and Miami. Maybe Rutgers a little too. The thing with Florida is the coach mentioned early playing time. He said they're a little weak at linebacker and they need guys. Plus Coach Zook came out to our school in May. He was on crutches and everything and still watched our scrimmage. Coach Stoops came out to watch [from UM]."

Williams, who will take the SAT in October, is cousins with UM safety Sean Taylor.

"We talk a lot," he said. "I just talked to him the other day. He was talking smack like always. I've learned a lot about Miami from him and he's having a great time there."

The standout defender said if the Hurricanes were to offer, they'd be right near the top of his list.

"I like their program a lot," he said. "I hear about how hard they train and stuff from Sean. The thing about Miami is it's a breeding ground for the NFL. I mean you can go to Miami and become a star just by playing on special teams. The NFL scouts are crazy about Miami players because they know how good the program is. Look at Howard Clark for example. He was starting for them last year and then lost his job to a freshman during the season because he was being outplayed. Now he's playing in the NFL. I know he didn't get drafted but he's playing for the Browns right now and at the end of last season, [Rocky] McIntosh was starting over him. It's amazing. The NFL loves Miami and everyone knows that."

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