Williams Names a Top Five

Titusville (FL) Astronaut standout Rufus Williams has NC State among his favorites.

Astronaut standout, Rufus Williams, is one of the best defensive ends in the Sunshine State. He holds a dozen scholarship offers and talks in-depth of his five favorites.

"My most recent offer is from N.C. State," said Rufus Williams from Titusville, (Fla.). "I am up to 12 total offers. I would have to say my favorites are Alabama, Tennessee, N.C. State, Ole Miss and West Virginia."

"I don't have an overall favorite. Those five schools are all equal on my list. I don't plan on making a decision until after the season."

Williams talks about his favorites.

Alabama: "I like the coaching staff. I feel at home with them, and they make me feel real comfortable. The coaches are real cool. They don't recruit me when we talk. We just talk like we are friends. Coach [Chris] Ball is my recruiting coach. I like coach Ball a lot."

Tennessee: "Coach [Matt] Luke is my recruiting coach. I like him. Every time we talk, he makes me laugh. I have built a good friendship with him. Tennessee is a real good school. They produce a lot of good athletes."

N.C. State: "I don't know my recruiting coach from there. I just know they put guys in league. Three went in the first round this past year."

Ole Miss: "Every time I talk to them they speak to me about academics. If I can't have good academics I am not going to succeed in life after college."

West Virginia: "They are a good school. I have my homeboy, John Holmes, up there. He plays for West Virginia, and we used to play together. He is always talking to me about West Virginia. I wouldn't mind playing with him again."

All five of his favorites have extended scholarship offers, and Williams will likely take all five official visits before making a decision.

"I haven't set up any official visits yet," he said. "I plan to base my decision on what kind of defensive scheme they run. I don't want anything given to me. I want to earn everything I get."

Williams was in Gainesville recently and talks of his trip to the Swamp.

"I went up to Florida for Friday Night Lights," he said. "It went okay. I thought I did pretty good. I didn't get a chance to talk to any of the coaches."

Williams recorded 87 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 14 sacks during his junior season.

He is definitely on track to qualify scoring a 24 on the ACT and has maintained a 2.8 GPA.

WILLIAMS QUOTE: "I just win with quickness. That's the most important thing and I've got it. Plus, I know how to use my hands pretty well."

SCOUTING REPORT: "[Williams] played primarily defensive end as a junior and had an outstanding season. He played linebacker in the spring and wasn't as active so he'll likely project as a down lineman in college." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Mike Bakas

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