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Florence, Mississippi product Gentle Williams talks about his commitment to Cal and what an in state option would mean.

Florence High School offensive lineman Gentle Williams committed to the Golden Bears of Cal shortly before his senior season began. With a strong campaign in 2015, Williams has piqued the interest of coaches at home state rivals Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Neither of the Egg Bowl participants have offered, but a strong week in the All-Star camp may change that.

Williams has looked forward to being a part of the Mississippi All-Star team since his high school career began. Having achieved that opportunity, Williams is hoping to be a part of the team of Magnolia Staters that snaps the Alabama seven year winning streak in the series.

"It feels great to be an All-Star," Williams said. "This was one of my goals. Once I saw this game on TV, I wanted to be a part of it."

Stationed temporarily at Camp Shelby as the All-Star teams prepare for the battle pride, Williams is enjoying every moment of the experience.

"I feel really good out here," Williams said. "It feels good to have some good competition like we do out here with our defensive line. This is just a great group of guys. It's been a lot of fun 

"A win this Saturday would mean a lot to me and I know it would mean a lot to this coaching staff. It would be a good thing to win this game."

For the first time in several years the contest will take place on Mississippi soil. Having it back on the home turf for once could be a key factor in the ball game tomorrow.

"It would be amazing to get that win here in Mississippi," Williams said. "It would really be a good deal for us and these coaches. Everybody wants the win."

Once this week concludes, Williams may have a decision to make. Currently committed to Cal, the talented big man is hearing a lot from his home state schools. Should one or both of them offer, things could change for all involved.

"I am still pretty firm on my commitment to Cal, but Coach (Matt) Luke and Coach (John) Hevesy are still dropping by to see me and what not," Williams said. "The only official visit that I have set up is for Cal on January 22nd. I don't have anything else set up."

The Bulldogs and Rebels continue to court Williams, but neither have extended an offer to date.

"They have both kind of let me know what the situation is," Williams explained. "We'll just have to see how it goes."

No matter how things play out in the coming weeks, Williams knows that he has some great opportunities on the next level no matter where he chooses to attend. The talented interior offensive lineman reports that he is prepared for whatever comes his way."

"My mom and I have talked about everything," Williams said. "We love the academics that Cal provides and we have talked about staying close to home. At the same time, there is a chance I wouldn't be close to home after graduation no matter where I went. I am ready for whatever happens."

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