Gene Swindoll

Florence, Mississippi offensive lineman is committed to Cal, but is still hearing from in state schools.

Florence, Mississippi offensive lineman Gentle Williams committed to Coach Sonny Dykes and the Cal Golden Bears in late July. Since that time, several schools have remained in touch with the talented Williams. One of his state's top offensive lineman, Williams is sure to be in demand until the very end.

One of the reasons Williams elected to make his college decision prior to the season was to focus on his final prep campaign at Florence High School. Heading into Friday night's action, FHS is off to a good start.

"We're 3-1 so far," Williams said. "We've played pretty well so far. We have Morton this week, so I am expecting a tough game. We've been working hard all week to get ready. 

"Morton has a great wide receiver (D.D. Bowie) and a great middle linebacker (Freddie Hartz). They aren't just a team with two great players though. My coach told us that they were really big and strong on the offensive line and defensive line. I've watched them on film and I think their offensive line may be the strongest."

Williams will get the chance to size up the Panthers on both sides of the ball. He is in the game plan as an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman.

"I have played some at center when our regular center was hurt, but it's mainly been left tackle and some on the defensive line," Williams said. "I am pretty comfortable on either side of the ball and I feel like I can play anywhere on the offensive line."

Projected as a center on the next level, Williams continues to hear from several schools despite his verbal pledge to Cal.

"I am still hearing a lot from Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis and Southern Miss," Williams said. "Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both called me. Coach Greg Knox called me from State and Coach Matt Luke called from Ole Miss.

"Both of them are telling me that they are still looking at me. I know they're looking for tackles right now, but something may work out down the line."

This past weekend Williams attended the Mississippi State home game against LSU. The talented big man has been a regular visitor to Starkville attending junior day, the Bulldog spring game, the June camps, the Big Dawg camp and now the Bulldog season opener. 

"I had a good time at the game," Williams said. "It was real exciting, but I kind of knew what to expect. I went to a few games there last year, so I know how loud it gets. It was a good game and it was a lot of fun."

Mississippi State nor Ole Miss have extended an offer despite their recent overtures. Williams is committed to Cal, but could the in state schools give him reason to reconsider?

"I am not sure what is going to happen with all of that," Williams said. "I am supposed to take my official visit to Cal sometime in January when they bring the commitments in. I don't have an offer from Mississippi State or Ole Miss, so I don't really know what to say about all of that.

"I can't worry about all of that. Cal offered me and I'm committed to them. I have a good relationship with the coaches out there."

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