Gainesville defensive lineman Jordan Williams was flying under the radar, but the 6-foot-4, 245 pound DL/OLB prospect that played his first three years at P.K. Yonge, before transferring, has seen his recruitment take off this spring.
"This spring has been going great," said Williams. "It felt great to put the pads on again and do some hitting."
Before the spring Williams was sitting on two offers from USF and Marshall, but since being at a new school with plenty of coaches coming by during the spring evaluation period, that has changed considerably.
"It's been crazy with coaches coming by practice," said Williams. "I got eleven offers this spring alone and I'm up to 13 offers now. I love all the attention, and it shows all the hard work that I put in is paying off."
To go with his offers from USF and Marshall, Williams now has offers from Maryland, NC State, Duke, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Iowa State, Troy, UCF, Syracuse, Troy, NC State, with Oregon being the most recent offer. Williams also said that with all the coaches stopping by several school have shown interest and could be offering soon.
"Georgia has come by and shown some interest and so did Arkansas and I think they are very close to offering. Ole Miss should be close to offering also," said Williams. "Florida came by practice, but that was a receivers coach and DL coach Dan McCarney is supposed to come by."
With all the interest this spring and an impressive list of offers that continues to grow, Williams said that a few schools are standing out and comprise his top five.
"My top three schools are Oregon, USF, and then Louisville," said Williams. "Vanderbilt and Maryland would make my top five."
Williams says why those three schools are at the top of his list:
Oregon "I've always liked Oregon, and grew up as a fan of them. It may sound strange, but when I was young my sister went to Hawaii for a volleyball tournament and when we were at a sports bar watching, everyone there was a Hawaii fan, but there was this one table full of Oregon fans, and they were being loud and going crazy. I never knew about them before, but after that I liked them and paid attention to what they were doing."
Louisville "With Louisville, the reason I like them is mostly because of Coach Strong. I've always liked him as a coach, and think he'll do good things there."
USF "The big thing with USF is the attention that they are showing me, they are showing a lot of interest. They have a great program and have a great coaching staff that I really like. I know they are a program on the rise and are I think they're going to do real good this season."
Williams has been to USF several times. Attending the Bulls junior day, went to a couple practices, got to watch the Bulls scrimmage, and also attended the Bulls spring game with his teammate Trevarris Saulsberry. USF was also his first offer and he talks some more about what keeps them at the top of his list.
"They have definitely showed me a lot of love, and being the first school to offer me means a lot," said Williams. "I really like their coaching staff; Coach McGeoghan, Coach Patrick and head coach Skip Holtz are all great coaches and are down to earth type guys."
"I really like how their defensive line plays and what Coach Hargreaves and Coach Patrick is doing with the unit. They've also had a couple guys drafted with Jason Pierre-Paul going in the first round."
Williams said that he doesn't plan on making an early decision, and wants to check out all the schools officially before he makes his choice.
"I'm going to wait before choosing," said Williams. "I want to take all my official's first, and get good taste of my top five, whatever that will be. Once I get an idea of what schools I like and have an idea, then I'll take the visits for confirmation."
With the spring evaluation period coming to a close, Williams said he should have a busy summer attending team camps, and has several that he knows about already.
"I don't have anything set officially," said Williams. "I think we're going to Arkansas camp in June, and I know I'm going to the USF Super Bull Camp for sure. If Ole Miss offers we may go up there to check it out."
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