Williams Enjoys Bulldog Scrimmage

Florence, Mississippi offensive lineman Gentle Williams is a name on the rise. With offers from Cal and Southern Mississippi to his credit and several others collecting information, Williams is positioned to be a name of serious interest for several programs as the spring evaluation period arrives. This past weekend Williams made the drive to Starkville to see Mississippi State in action.

Mississippi State is one of several schools who have made contact with the staff at Florence High School as part of their due diligence. To hear Williams tell it, he and the Bulldogs are far from strangers.

"I went to several of their home games last year," Williams said. "I camped their last summer too. I have been up there several times before."

This past weekend, Williams was on campus to learn more about his options in Starkville and to see the team in action as they put on the spring practice polish.

"My visit went really well," Williams said. "We got to watch them scrimmage, take a tour and see all of the facilities there. Mississippi State has better facilities than any of the other schools I have visited. I had a good time and I got to see a lot."

In addition to the guided tour of campus and the amenities afforded Bulldog football players, Williams was able to see what his potential position coach was like in a practice setting.

"I really like Coach (John) Hevesy. I think he would be a great coach to play for," Williams said. "I like how he coaches. I was watching all of the offensive lineman and seeing how they did.

"They did a really good job and they have a lot of new guys out there. Most of the guys I am used to seeing on the starting offensive line aren't there anymore, but they still looked good out there."

So far the Bulldogs have not offered a scholarship, but appear to be a party of interest when it comes to Williams' recruitment.

"They haven't said anything about an offer yet," Williams said of the Bulldogs. "They are sending me some things and they are talking with my coach. They are talking about recruiting me as an inside guy, which is different than what I play now. I am okay with that though. I just want to play where I can help the team."

With another trip to Starkville under his belt, Williams has a few other spring visits to make before he begins his summer camp travels.

"I am going to Southern Miss this weekend," Williams said. "They invited me to their spring game, so I am going down there to see them. Louisiana Tech has been talking with my coach some too and they have invited me up there to visit the campus. I am going to try to get up there sometime soon."

Williams reports no early leader and appears prepared to wait out the process to see what all of his options are before making his college decision.

Heading into his senior campaign, Williams is slated to return to his starting spot at left tackle for Florence High. Thought he projects as an offensive guard on the next level, Williams has the athleticism to help up and down the line of scrimmage. The summer camp sessions will be a big part of his recruitment as offensive line coaches have a chance to work him out and see where he fits in their scheme.


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