USF Coaches Keep Bulls No. 1 for Georgia DB

Athlete Rico McWilliams, a standout prospect at Lovejoy HS in Hampton, GA continues to see his recruitment take off as he picked up to more offers bring his total up to 9. The 6-foot, 170 pound prospect said that coaching relationships are important and that keeps one school out in front. Read on for all the details

Lovejoy's athlete Rico McWilliams is a standout two-way prospect for the Wildcats in Hampton, GA. The 6-foot, 170 pound prospect has seen a spike in his recruitment recently and just received two more offers to bring his total to nine.

"I just got offered from Kentucky," said McWilliams. "The coaches came by my school today and told me about the offer."

The 6-foot, 170 pound prospect excelled at both cornerback and wide receiver in 2010 catching 6 touchdowns on offense while recording 2 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 35 tackles and also stripped the ball from a receiver and took it for a defensive score, but is being recruited mainly on the defensive side of the ball.

"Kentucky offered me to play cornerback," said McWilliams. "I feel good about it, it's from the SEC and that's a good conference."

It's been a busy few weeks for McWilliams as plenty of schools have been showing interest in the Georgia prospect and with this week's recent offers from Western Kentucky and Kentucky he's total is now up to nine offers including USF, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Nebraska, Virginia, and Vanderbilt.

"Getting all these offers really feels good, it's exciting for me and it shows that my hard work is paying off," said McWilliams. "At the same time I'm still going to work my tail off like I don't have one offer, that's just how I am."

The stand-out corner prospect also said that plenty of coaches have been stopping by his school as well.

"Yes sir there have been schools stopping by to see me," said McWilliams. "Coaches from USF, UCF, UK, and Auburn all have come by and a lot of other schools said they're going to stop in as well."

One of the coaches that came by recently was Coach Shankweiler from USF and McWilliams said that visit went very well.

"The visit with Coach Shankweiler went very good, real good" said McWilliams. "I love that coach. Me and Coach Shankweiler always have a ball when he comes down."

Creating a relationship with the coaching staff is big for McWilliams, who said he's formed several through the recruiting process.

"I've gotten close with the coach from Nebraska and Vanderbilt too. I've also got a good relationship with the coaches from Cincinnati and Kentucky," said McWilliams. "I'm close with them, but not like I am with Coach Shankweiler at USF."

With all these new offers the Georgia prospect said there has been no change in his leader board.

"I still have South Florida No. 1 until someone else can beat Coach Shankweiler," said McWilliams. "I've got these big time schools from the SEC offering and they're good, but me and coach Shankweiler have a real good relationship. They were my first offer and I really like South Florida and went I went down there I just loved everything, the campus, the facilities and the whole enviorment."

The coveted cornerback talks about what keeps USF at the top of his list.

"The coaching staff, I just love the coaches USF has got," said McWilliams. "That's what keeps South Florida up there. Coach Shankweiler, that's a god coach and a good man right there. "I like the DB coach Rick Smith also. We have a good relationship too. The whole staff is great and you don't find that everywhere."

"I can tell the head coach Skip Holtz he wants the best for everybody around him," said McWilliams. "He's not like a head coach that at the end of the day you don't know him. I saw him talking to his players about everything and I could tell how cool he was and how much he cares.

McWilliams who's also a track guy said he ran a 21.9 in the 200-meter dash, ran a 4.45 laser 40, but can run faster and had a PR of 4.13 seconds in the shuttle and jumped a 37 inch vertical. He's strong too with a 305-pound bench press max, can do 13 reps of 185-pound on bench and can squat 390-pounds. Right now Rico said he's looking forward to the start of spring ball.

"I'm really looking forward to the start of spring practice,' said McWilliams. "I can't wait to put the pads on again and show these boys that working hard in the weight room does pay off. I'm a lot bigger, stronger and faster. We went 10-0 last season, but lost the first game of the playoffs 7-6, that shook us up so we're going to come back stronger this year."

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