Williams Still Wide Open

Miami (Fla.) Carol City High School received the news recently that Willie Williams will be playing for the Chiefs this season. It had the team very excited.

"Getting him out here is huge for our defense," said linebacker Vernon Wilder. "He'll help a good defense get even better."

Offensive tackle Akeem Robinson said the offensive guys are glad to have Williams as well.

"Whenever you get a player like that, it's a big deal for everyone," he said. "I don't think there are too many players like Willie out there so hopefully he'll help us win what we're trying to win this year and that's a state title."

Williams has played the last two weeks, including a game against Dillard last Thursday.

"I've been playing on kickoffs so far," Williams said. "I'm just trying to shake off some of the rust and get back to playing shape. I'm just about ready to start playing full time. I'm going to take someone's head off. It's gonna be the Willie Show. It's on. Someone's going to have to pay for me having to sit out the first few games. They don't want none, trust me."

Williams, who plans on playing in the CaliFlorida Bowl after the season, has also been the center of attention for college coaches from across the country this year. One of the coaches he talks with on a regular basis is UM defensive coordinator Randy Shannon.

"I talk to Coach Shannon all the time," he said. "We just talk about what's going on. He just checks in. He's always telling me how they want me bad. He said I'm the top player he's recruiting right now and they'd love to have me over there. Me and him are tight. I can do a lot of different things in UM's defense and that's something I like."

The talented linebacker has not yet scheduled any visits but he has six schools in mind for those.

"First, it's UM, Florida State, and the Gators," he said. "It starts with them, I like all of them. I'm also looking at Oklahoma, Auburn, and N.C. State. I haven't decided on any visit dates."

When asked for a single favorite, Williams said he's not that far into the process yet.

"A leader?," he asked. "Man, I couldn't even tell you right now. You got three great programs right here (in Florida). I need more time to decide."

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