Every year there are a few players that fly under the radar and one for the 2011 class is Jordan Williams, a 6-foot-4, 245 pounds rising defensive line/middle linebacker prospect that played his first three years at P.K. Yonge HS in Gainesville FL, but recently transferred down the street to perennial playoff contender Gainesville HS.
"Things are going great, and I love everything about the new school," said Jordan Williams. "I've just been working out and lifting every day. Coach is getting us into running shape for the start of spring ball by doing speed and quickness drills on the field."
While at P.K. Yonge Williams (6'4-245) played middle linebacker, nose tackle, and a little tight end, but this year will be playing mostly defensive end, and said his coach might try him some at middle linebacker and tight end. He also said he's worked hard this off season putting on muscle and working on his speed.
"I played last year at around 220 pounds and gained all that weight since I transferred. They got a serious weight program at Gainesville," said Williams. "My speed is good, but I'm trying to get it better, because I know that's a big thing with college coaches."
Williams said he only played half the season last year due to an injury, but if you watch his video highlights, he caused havoc on the field and lived in the backfield.
"I only played half the season because I broke my collarbone against Trinity Christian," said Williams. "They really didn't keep stats at P.K. but I had around 70 tackles, a bunch of tackles for-a-loss, around 6 sacks, 7-8 forced fumbles and 2-3 fumbles recovered."
"My best asset is me aggressiveness on the football field. Definitely my aggressiveness and the way I hit people. I never take plays off, and I want to make the tackle every time, no matter what part of the field I'm on."
On the recruiting front schools are beginning to take notice as he received two early offers and several schools are showing interest.
"It felt great to get those offers and I was real excited," said Williams. "We usually don't get a lot of exposure at P.K. Yonge, and I got those offers right when I transferred. I feel like all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together and I was ecstatic."
Williams has had a busy spring making the rounds and visiting college campus's
"I've been to South Carolina, FSU and Georgia, and I've also been to Florida and USF's junior day," said Williams. "I was supposed to go to Arkansas last weekend, but couldn't go, and I plan on going to Oregon this weekend for a visit."
It's early in the recruiting process, but the defensive standout already has several favorites with one school sticking out.
"Right now my top school is USF," said Williams. "I also like South Carolina, Oregon, and Arkansas. When I went to visit Georgia I liked the campus there."
The Gainesville defensive standout talks about what puts USF among the of his college choices.
"They been showing me the most interest and I like the coaching staff," said Williams. "When I went down there they seem like an up and rising team more than a team that's all ready at the top. And I like that."
"Their defensive line is great, and Coach Hargreaves and Coach Patrick have got them right," said Williams. "Jason Pierre-Paul came out and got drafted in the first round, and Selvie got drafted too."
Williams said he talks the most with Bulls Defensive line Coach Vernon Hargreaves, his recruiting coordinator Coach Phil McGeoghan, and also with USF Head coach Skip Holtz, saying they've made a good early impression on him.
"They're both real cool coaches, and I talk to coach McGeoghan often and he seems like he's real down to earth, and tells it like it is."
"I met with Coach Holtz a few times, and he seems like a real cool coach," said Williams. "He seems like he's real motivated about the upcoming season, and feels like they're going to do pretty good this year."
Williams has actually been to USF several times. Besides attending the Bulls junior day he also went to a couple practices, and also got to watch the Bulls scrimmage with his teammate Trevarris Saulsberry.
"I liked how they practiced and how they scrimmaged, it was intense," said Williams. "They seem real prepared for the season. Like all their hard work is paying off." "I saw a little of the campus, and the facilities, and liked what I saw, and I'm looking forward to seeing more when I go back this summer."
Jordan also took a trip to Tampa with Saulsberry and his family to watch the Bulls annual spring game at Raymond James stadium.
"I definitely enjoyed myself at the spring game. That was a lot of fun, and the stadium was beautiful" said Williams. "There was a good amount of people at the game and they said there is a lot more fans that come to the actual games during the season and I'm looking forward to seeing that, because I love big crowds."
Williams has now been to USF four times over the spring, and each time he came up with his teammate Trevarris Saulsberry, who has also been offered by the Bulls, and the two have aspirations of playing together at the next level.
"We've been teammates since we were ten years old, playing in city league together. We both played together at P.K., but he transferred first last year and now we're back together," said Williams. "We talk about playing together at the next level all the time. It won't be the deciding factor, but it would be great to play together in college."
Williams said that getting an early offer from the Bulls makes a difference, and the fact that his teammate was also offered by USF.
"Getting that early offer definitely makes a difference to me. They shown me some early love and when it comes down to the end, all that will make a difference," said Williams. "We talk about USF all the time and we both really like what they have to offer."
In the classroom Jordan says he carries a 3.065 GPA, and took the ACT a few weeks ago and is still waiting for the results. He also used to play basketball, bur stopped so he can focus solely on football
Williams said he doesn't have a time table for when he'll make his college choice, and is focusing on getting better, and has big goals for his senior year.
"I want to be the best that I can be, and of course win state."
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