"What I love about USF is they have a great program, I love the stadium they play in and I love the coaches."
We told you that the Bulls have been recruiting Williams for several months when Coach Canales first stopped by Thomasville to check out Williams, and that he was very high on the Bulls, and an announcement could be very soon.
"Coach Canales is nice guys, I like him a lot," said Williams. "I wanted to do it at the camp so I could tell Coach Leavitt personally. It felt good to do it at the camp. My whole family came along, they loved it and they are proud of me."
At 6'1/2-205, Williams does a little of everything for Thomasville and plays on all sides of the ball. On offense at runningback, he had over 1000 yards with 15 scores, and led his team in rushing. While on defense playing linebacker and defensive end, he recorded about 60 tackles with 50 of them solo, 5 tackles for-a-loss, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and one fumble recovered. He even served as the team's kicker for all but three games last season.
"I play running back, linebacker, defense end, and I kick," said Williams. "I would have had more numbers on D, but we rotate our linebackers a lot, so I was in and out, plus I had to play offense."
If there is one on-going theme with USF recruiting it would be the "athlete" factor. Many of the kids that South Florida recruits are able to play more than one position and Williams is one of them. Even thought he plays RB/LB/DE/K, the Bulls are recruiting him at one position.
"They're recruiting me for linebacker," said Williams. "I play inside and outside linebacker, but like to play on the outside at WILL the most."
Williams is known to be an explosive linebacker with great burst, who can deliver big hits despite his size, and knows what he brings as a player.
"I bring speed, lots of speed and power, said Tyrone. "That and I love to hit."
Williams got to compete against some big name talent at USF's SuperBull camp, and said the experience was off the charts.
"It was a great camp and a whole lot of fun," said Williams. "There was a lot of competition out there. I thought Reginald Bryant and Mike James stood out to me. The overall atmosphere was incredible. The lights were on with the jumbotrons were showing USF highlights, and it was like no other camp that I've ever been to. When you're on that field you can't help but think about playing on it."
The state of Georgia has been very good to the Bulls over the last few years for recruiting, with several Georgia players on roster, but one made a big impression.
"I know Dontavia Bogan, he's from Thomasville, and we're cool," said Williams. "He told me he loves it there, all the good things about the program and wanted me to come down there."
The versatile hard hitting linebacker had plenty of interest but said it came down to USF, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, before choosing the Bulls.
"What put USF over the top was they had a great athletic program with good academics," said Williams. "I love the coaches and they look like they are going to go some where over the next couple of years, and I want to be part of that."
Williams has been to USF already and says he plans on taking no other visits except to USF again.
"I saw everything with my family when we visited. Everything was nice and new, the dorms, the facilities were great," said Tyrone. "I liked the atmosphere, and I just love the school."
In the class room Williams carries a 2.7 core GPA, and has taken a placement test once, but with his choice already made, knows what his goals are from here on out.
"My goals for the rest of the summer and next season are to study hard, get good grades and get the right score I need to come down there. That and just to continue to work hard on and off the field."
Being very early in the recruiting period, how solid is Tyrone's commitment to USF?
"There's no other school but USF."
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