Looking for 'home'

Tennessee dipped into Tyrone, Georgia to sign a running back 13 months ago. Now the Vols are returning to that city in hopes of signing someone to bring down opposing running backs.

Quinteze Williams is a 6-4, 245-pound two-way line prospect from Sandy Creek High, the same school that sent Rajion Neal to the Big Orange. Rated a 3-star recruit by Scout.com, Williams was among the high school standouts attending Tennessee's recent Junior Day festivities.

Williams already holds offers from the Vols, Florida, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Clemson. The main thing he's looking for in a school is a strong comfort level.

"Just the home feeling," he said at the conclusion of his Tennessee visit. "I think everything else will fall into place, like the academics. Everybody's kind of even with the facilities, so it's all about the home feeling. Where can I spend the next four years of my life, feeling like I want to be here? Who is going to mold me to be the better man?"

That last comment bodes well for Tennessee, since head coach Derek Dooley's "Vol For Life" program is all about molding a better man, not just a better football player. That should be of interest to Williams.

"It should," he conceded. "We're going to keep it real, like they (UT coaches) said. We're going to talk about the real-life things the players go through and the coaches go through to help us be better people and to face the real world."

Williams described his time in Knoxville as "a good trip," adding: "I learned a lot about the University of Tennessee, especially about the defense and how they run it. I like it. I think it'll be a good fit for me."

One of the things Williams learned about Tennessee is its winning tradition and its commitment to first-rate facilities.

"I didn't think they were expanding anytime soon, so the video of that caught me by surprise," he said. "And I wasn't aware that since 1975 they are the winningest college football team. I didn't know that."

Based on his time with Dooley, Williams described the Vol head man as "a great guy. I think he has the University of Tennessee headed in the right direction. In a couple of years no doubt they'll be back to their winning tradition with him."

Although some recruiting experts view him as an offensive line prospect, Williams also spent considerable time with Vol defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.

"It was a good talk," the prospect said. "We touched base with the defense, what I'll be playing, how I'll fit in the scheme, what type of defense they're going to be running and stuff like that."

Williams hung out with Vol defensive lineman Malik Jackson and expected to get together with fellow Sandy Creek High alumnus Rajion Neal.

"I know Rajion but I didn't get to see him today," Williams said. "He was waiting to see me but I got up here a little late and he had to go take care of some business."

Now Williams must take care of some business by deciding which school to attend the next four years. Asked how his Tennessee visit compared with a recent visit to Florida's campus, he paused thoughtfully before responding.

"I'd say it's pretty much the same," he said. "It's all about that home feeling, then everything's going to fall into place."


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