Gulf WR: "I want to play alongside Voss"

Shawn Williamson of Gulf High school broke his ankle during spring practice, but is now back on the field and ready for the season. He talks to USFNation.com about his injury, the recruiting process and his preference to play on the same college team as current teammate Alton Voss. Read on for the entire story.

Earlier this spring Shawn Williamson was one of the hottest up-and-coming names in this year's wide-receiving class. The letters were rolling in and the phone calls were constant, but everything came to a halt as quickly as it started. Ten minutes into Gulf's spring game Williamson broke his ankle.

"The interest has certainly gone down since my injury." Says Williamson, "UF was calling all the time, but not once since my injury."

Williamson forced his name into the forefront through hard work. He showed up at the Scout.com camp in Jacksonville a relatively unknown, but quickly opened some eyes by running a 4.45 forty time. Impressive considering he's 6-foot-2, 191 pounds. Two weeks later at a MSL camp in Tallahassee he ran back-to-back 4.39's. This time everyone knew his name and people were lined up to see what he could do. He did not disappoint. He also has great hands to go along with his blazing speed. However now he is concentrating more on just staying on the field, rather than thinking about where he wants to take his official visits.

"The ankle is feeling better, but it's not where I need it to be right now."

During last weekend's game against Wesley Chapel, Shawn played a majority of the snaps, but was mostly ineffective. He did beat the corner on consecutive plays, but each time was overthrown. If he can get healthy and work on his grades look for USF to extend an offer.

"Right now USF is the only school really interested. I talk with Coach Frey all the time. I need to get my grades up and they say if I get A's and B's this semester then they'll offer. I'm trying to get there because I want to play alongside Alton. That would be pretty cool."

Williamson knows that even if he gets healthy his grades are going to be the deciding factor to whether or not he plays college football. He has an uphill climb to get his grades in order. Its not impossible, but it will take as much dedication to raise his GPA as it did to get back on the field after his broken ankle.

Stick with USFNation.com as we follow Shawn Williamson through the season.


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