Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page

Ocean Springs wide out impresses under the lights of Davis Wade Stadium

Mississippi State verbal Austin Williams took a lot of reps in the one-on-one portion of the Bulldogs' Big Dawg camp. In fact, the camp ended with Williams' recruiting coach, Terrell Buckley, pleading for just one more. Williams was among a talented crop of college football hopefuls who visited Starkville for one final night of football fun before things get serious.

"It was a great day," Williams said. "I got to hang out with of the commits and meet a lot of new people. I like them all. It sees like they're good guys. They're all blue collar guys who don't mind working.

It was great to work with the coaches again. It was just a fun day."

Williams did not take part in the June camp sessions, so he was eager to work under the direction of his future position coach, Billy Gonzales, on Friday.

"Coach Gonzales is very serious and technical," Williams explained. "He just wants you to get better at everything. I like it. I like how he coaches."

While many prospects were looking to take a step forward with the Bulldog coaches, Williams, a long time verbal commitment to the Bulldogs, was eager to get back to campus to spend time with his future teammates and coaches.

"It was nice. It's sort of a relief off of your shoulders," Williams said. "I still worked twice as hard, but it's nice to not have to worry about all of that. It's good to be able to just play football. I was just out here to have fun, to be honest."

Williams will now begin the final preparations for his senior season at Ocean Springs High School. The talented wide out understands that a good portion of the leadership role will fall to him.

"We have a young team coming in, but I think we're talented," Williams said. "We have been working hard this summer, so I think we're going to be alright."

Last season, Coach Ryan Ross' Greyhound finished the season 8-4 and earned a berth in the 6A state playoffs. Williams will look to build on his 56 catch season from a year ago in an attempt to advance beyond the first round of the playoffs come November.

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