Rebs offer Florida WR

South Carolina, South Florida, and Ole Miss are the hottest pursuers of the services for Manatee Wide Receiver Eric Williams. Read about it inside.

Manatee, FL, Wide Receiver Eric Williams didn't know much about Ole Miss until a couple of years ago.

That's when Ole Miss Patrick Willis caught his eye.

"I remember this guy just making tackle after tackle at Ole Miss and then he was drafted by my favorit NFL team, the 49ers and I think he led the NFL in tackles and was Rookie of the Year," said Williams. "That's kind of when I started paying attention to Ole Miss."

Now, Ole Miss is paying attention to him.

Williams, a 5-11, 185-pounder with 4.38 40 speed, received a scholarship offer from the Rebels last week and added it to a growing list which includes South Carolina, South Florida, Marshall and Middle Tennessee State.

"Right now, I don't have a favorite. Maybe South Carolina is a little ahead, but I'm going to take my official visits before I give it too much more consideration," he explained. "I'll be watching closely the teams who are interested in me though."

Williams, who caught 30 passes for 430 yards and 4 TDs last season, said distance is not a factor in his decision.

"I want to go to the school that fits me. I'll be looking at a lot of things, but distance from home won't really be one of them. At least that is how I feel now - it's a long time until February," Williams noted.

Eric, who also ran the 100 yard dash for AAAAA Manatee, says his strengths on the field are speed, being physical and confidence.

"I trust my hands and my ability. I know when the game is on the line the coaches are coming to me and I have confidence I can spring a back with a block or make the big catch," he stated. "I have the speed to take it all the way whenever the ball is in my hands."

What does Williams want to improve? It has nothing to do with what's going on in football.

"My improvements need to be off the field. I have to get my grades up a little and make sure I take care of all my business in the right way off the field first," he closed.

Manatee was 10-2 last year. They should contend for the AAAAA Florida State title this year with Williams as one of the main attractions.

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