Michigan Sees Game Changer in Williams

Greg Mattison made his way down to Georgia to check in on a number of top flight prospects earlier this week. One on his first stops was the city of McDonough to check in on Eagles Landing Academy DE Andrew Williams. Michigan's defensive coordinator made it clear to the four-star lineman that he is still a Maize & Blue priority. Is the feeling mutual?

Greg Mattison has made so secret of his desire to get build a defensive line core that can harass in waves and doesn't need assistance from blitzers. Based on Michigan's defensive line haul over the last few years he appears well on his way to reaching his goal. That said, he knows the work is not done. That's why he made sure to visit Eagles Landing high earlier this week to evaluate Andrew Williams. After leaving the school Michigan's DC made it a point to get on the phone with the star defensive end to reiterate just how well he'd fit at Michigan.

"He said that he wants me to be a game changer -- to go get the quarterback, and he said the opportunity is to start early," Williams recalled. "That's why I'm so high up on that board, because he feels like I'm almost ready to go in there and make an impact."

As has been the case with many other recruits, Mattison ability to connect with Williams has been palpable. The burgeoning bond has put the Maize & Blue on solid footing in the talented youngster's recruitment.

"He's a great guy, first and foremost," Williams said of Mattison. "His history alone is amazing, so you have to respect that. Then there's players he's been able to produce and coach. Then he's just a great guy in general. He knows what he's doing, obviously. Experience speaks volumes, and he definitely has it."

"We were talking about the camp. There's a camp in the summer (at Michigan) that I'm most likely going to (attend). I kind of made a top ten that I haven't released yet, but I plan to soon. I can't say right now (where Michigan is), but they're pretty high up."

Once that top ten is finalized Williams has a set list of criteria he will use to determine the best fit. Once that's figured out he won't waste any time getting out of the rat race that is recruiting.

"First I'll look at the business school and if they have a good business program for me," he said. "Second of all I'll looked for the coaches' experience and compatibility with the players. Last of all I look for the scheme in football, could I see myself playing in that scheme, and how they want to use me."

"I feel like, as soon as I know (which school is the best fit), essentially I'll (be ready to commit) on the spot. I'm not trying to prolong it to grab attention or anything."

For now, though, his fact finding mission will continue. Visits will obviously be crucial, which is why he hopes to also take summer trips to USC, LSU, Texas, and, Oklahoma.


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