Vols make 'big impression' on 4-star

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Andrew Williams doesn't have a neatly-trimmed list of top schools.

But if he did, Tennessee would certainly make the cut.

"Oh they definitely would be up there," The FOX Sports/Scout four-star told InsideTennessee. "Just the environment and the opportunity to come here and play, plus the coaches are real cool – yeah, I really like it here."

The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder holsters nearly three dozen scholarship offers and is one of the most coveted defensive end prospects in the 2014 class.

But even with schools across the country begging for his services, Williams isn't about to commit any time soon.

"I'm just going to brush my (recruitment) aside a little," Williams said. "I want to take a hard look at everything after the season. For now, I'm just focused on my season."

Williams, alongside several other hotly-recruited prospects, was at Neyland Stadium on Saturday to watch the Vols nearly down sixth-ranked Georgia.

The Eagles Landing Christian (Ga.) Academy product described the atmosphere as "electric," saying the visit gave the Vols a legit chance to be a finalist once Williams gets serious about his recruitment.

"Oh, it was so crazy. I've never been in a stadium so loud," Williams told IT. "But it was loud and crazy even before we got in the stadium. We started with the (Vol) Walk, I haven't ever seen anything like that before. They said there was like 3,000 people there. That was really awesome for me to see."

The nation's No. 31 defensive end said he spent some time talking with Tennessee head coach Butch Jones before the game, adding that the Vols' first-year headman "gets it."

"I spent some time with coach Butch before the game so that was pretty cool. He's a great guy, just a great guy. He's just an honest, good man," Williams said. "I've known him from previous visits, but you can tell from (the game) tonight and they way (Jones) talks about everything, they're going to turn the corner. I like to see that."

Williams also liked to see the hotly-debated Smokey gray uniforms.

"Those were real, real nice," Williams said. "All gray, yeah, I loved ‘em. I think all the recruits did and you could tell the fans did too."

Jones and Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling spoke to Williams about the opportunity for early playing time. Tennessee will graduate nearly all of its starters and depth along the defensive line after the season.

Williams knows he has the opportunity to crack the two-deep right away. It's appealing.

"I look at the game and see a bunch of freshmen out there making an impact, that's something to watch and good to see," Williams said. "You know you can come here and have an impact right away if you work for it, just like the coaches keep telling me."

Tennessee coaches are constantly calling to iterate the importance of landing Williams' signature on a National Letter of Intent. Williams doesn't mind all the phone calls, dubbing the Vols' coaching staff as "one of the coolest around."

"(Defensive coordinator John) Jancek, coach (Stripling) and coach Butch are always calling. They're real cool, a really awesome group of coaches," Williams said. "They'll call me before meetings and tell me how much they need me and all that. It's good. It makes you feel important and needed."

Williams currently has no visits scheduled. He's approaching his visitations with a "go-with-the-flow" mindset.

"I don't know, man," Williams said. "I just kind of take it week by week. Whichever coach calls Monday, that's probably where I'll go."

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