Saban still impressing Williams

Despite playing right down the road from LSU, it was another SEC West school that was first in on 2013 defensive end/outside linebacker Tim Williams. He got the chance to be on campus there one final time over the weekend, and it couldn't have gone much better.

Tim Williams kept his recruitment close to the vest for some time, but he's opening up as the process hits the home stretch. The four-star talent out of Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab was impressed by his first official visit official visit of the cycle.

"Alabama's program has a lot of things going for it," he said after returning home late Sunday. "They just won the championship, so you have the chance to compete for one when you're there. They're the best team in college football and they compete against the best, also."

Not only was Alabama Williams' first official, but it was a reflection of the first school to really show interest in the versatile athlete as well.

"Nick Saban has been on me since my ninth grade year," he said. "During this recruiting process, they've always wanted to get me to visit the school. I keep my relationship tight with the coaches… They gave me my first offer, Alabama was on me before anybody."

The early call has gone a long way with the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder. But sitting down with Saban, himself, despite the familiarity, still makes all the difference.

"That was the high part of the official," said Williams. "He wants me to come in and make an instant impact. He sees me as a guy who can rush the passer and also drop back in coverage.

"They said I can play ‘Jack' linebacker or the ‘Sam' linebacker. I can play both positions; I can also play the ‘Will' too, if I wanted."

With all of the time Alabama has put into Williams over the last few years, he was comfortable admitting the Crimson Tide was on top.

"Yes sir," he confirmed.

So what else is he looking for before making a decision?

"I just still want to see Miami. They've been recruiting me for a long time, so they're stuck in just as much as Alabama," he said. "I respect their program and want to see what they have to offer."

"Nick Saban, though, I really loved the official experience," he continued. "It was really nice."

With the official to Miami set for next week, and Florida State tentatively after that, one would expect a decision from Williams to come closer to national signing day on February 6. But that's not the case.

"The decision is going to come, probably this week," he said. "Either before or after (the Miami official). It will be this week or the next. Maybe next Sunday when I'm coming back from Miami.

"It would have to show me how they can compete for a national championship. It will also be about playing time and all that. I can play both positions, but playing early isn't going to be a big reason…"

Williams is ranked the No. 20 defensive end on FOXSportsNEXT/

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