Packed and Ready

Having recently received a qualifying score on his SAT, Florida A&M University HS standout Alex Williams is planning his move to Oxford within the next week. Read about it inside.

Florida A&M University HS standout Alex Williams isn't shy when talking about his new home for the next four years.

After receiving a qualifying score on his SAT earlier in the week, the three-star signee is preparing his move to Oxford, with high hopes and personal expectations for the future.

"That's big for me and my family," Williams said of becoming academically eligible. "I'm not the first in my family to go play sports in college, but it's big."

His roommate-to-be Corey Gaines, who also received a qualifying score this week, is planning his arrival for the 23rd of June. But unlike his childhood friend, Williams is setting his sights for a possible arrival this weekend.

"Actually, I'm trying to leave tomorrow," he said. "I'm still waiting on some phone calls and paperwork, but my stuff is packed at my grandmother's house and I'm ready to go."

Both Williams and Gaines are projected on the defensive side of the ball for the Rebels, adding yet another similarity between the pair.

"It's a blessing to have each other," said Williams. "We've been real close ever since middle school. It will help next year, because having each other will give us a dose of home. We'll never lose that. I know his family and they know me. It's also big as far as the bonding process. It'll make it easier for the two of us to make friends instead of one of us on our own."

Most freshmen have lofty goals as freshmen in the SEC, but not Williams.

While he would obviously like some playing time,'s 78th-ranked defensive end is primarily focused on improving in all facets.

"I know I need to get bigger, faster, smarter and stronger," said Williams. "I'm looking forward to it. I didn't have a weight program at my school, so the program I'll have to endure in college will be good for me. It will help me in toning up and getting bigger.

"I'm going to live in the film room. I'm very competitive too. Even though the guys will be on my team, there's always a competition to get on the field first. I'm going to do whatever I need to do to get some time."

As with all recruits, Ole Miss sent Williams a workout regimen to help keep the 6-foot-5, 210 pounder in shape. However, Williams has been working with a personal trainer this spring, with the special attention apparently paying off.

"They sent me the program, but I had a personal trainer working me out this spring," Williams said. "I've been doing different types of drills to keep me in shape and help with my conditioning. Also, my brother was here and has been putting me through different exercises."

Williams is also accomplished in basketball, having averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds last season. According to Williams, his time on the hardwood has helped better his game in football.

"Basketball helps with my agility and footwork," he said. "Some don't even realize it, but it really helps with football. Sometimes your body isn't even aware of it. But I've been in the weight room and have been involved in the pushup game as well. I've been doing pushups alone when I couldn't get into the gym. That got my max up ten pounds. Before I started, my bench was around 265. Now, I'm up to 275."

While his position has yet to be officially determined, Williams believes he'll split time between offensive and defensive duties.

"I don't know. I see myself better as a wide receiver," he said. "They'll probably put me as a redzone receiver and outside linebacker. Whenever I do beef up, I'll probably move to defensive end. I can see myself next year, if they don't decide to redshirt me, at wide receiver or outside linebacker."

Soon Williams' dream of a career in collegiate athletics will come to fruition. Although excited about the opportunity, that realization hasn't quite sunk in for the brother of former Arkansas Razorback Boo Williams.

"I don't even think its hit me yet," he said. "I thank God for it. I know it's a great opportunity and blessing to have four years of college paid for. People talk about having dreams, but I'm really getting that opportunity."

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