Williams leaving Swamp land for Rocky Top

Growing up in Gainesville, Florida, usually means a youngster grows up doing the Gator Chomp and probably not liking Rocky Top, but something must be in the water down there, something causing some locals to leave. Go "Inside" to see why Jordan Williams is leaving Gainesville to make Knoxville his new home.

Growing up in Gainesville Florida usually means a youngster grows up doing the Gator Chomp and probably not liking Rocky Top.

Something must be in the water down there, something causing some locals to leave.

The University of Tennessee recently picked up its second commitment from a Gainesville High School player when defensive end Jordan Williams cast his pledge to the Vols.

"It feels great being in orange and white," Williams recently told InsideTennessee.com. "There is no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision. I'm excited about being a Volunteer."

Williams, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete who plays defensive end, had an impressive list that included official offers from Oregon, Maryland, Arkansas and North Carolina State.

Does anyone in Gainesville give Williams a hard time about his recent decision?

"My closest friends support me, they kid me a little but they know I made the right choice," Williams said. "There are some diehard Gator fans not happy about it, so be it, they will just have to get use to it."

Williams isn't the only Gainesville athlete to make a choice to make Rocky Top home. Williams' friend and teammate Trevaris Saulsberry has also made a commitment to the University of Tennessee.

"Florida missed out on two great players here in their own backyard," Coach Ryan Smith said in an earlier interview. "They are two great football players but even better young men."

According to Williams, there were two factors that were very important to him and were major factors in his decision making process.

"For me it was about two things - who my position coach was going to be, who my strength coach was going to be," Williams said. "I have the best of both worlds at the University of Tennessee."

Williams is speaking about Tennessee defensive line coach Chuck Smith and head strength coach Bennie Wylie.

Williams also appears to be impressed with Vols Head Coach Derek Dooley.

"He is a great man of character," Williams said. "He is really down to earth, easy to talk to and you can tell he really cares about you as a person, not just a player like a lot of coaches do."

Williams is looking forward to playing at Rocky Top.

"One thing for sure I get to come home and play every other year," Williams laughed. "I will definitely be fired up and ready to play when we come to the Swamp in Gainesville."


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