Williams flips to Vols

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An official visit can be an eye-opening occurrence for a prospect.

When a recruit trips to Tennessee, he can expect a yacht ride down the Tennessee River, fine dining and the royal treatment.

Between enjoying his time on Rocky Top, the relationship developed with Vols defensive line coach Steve Stripling and the proximity to his family, Owen Williams declared Sunday that he will play the final two years of his eligibility at Tennessee.

The former Texas Tech commitment had a change of heart during an official visit to Knoxville and informed Volunteers coaches this weekend his plans to join the Big Orange.

The Macon, Ga., native gives the Volunteers 32 verbal commitments with each of the last three coming to aid the defensive front.

In his sophomore season, Williams has 39 tackles (14.5 for loss) with seven sacks and a forced fumble in 10 games played.

The Westside (Ga.) High School alum is part of a Butler defense that's contributed to a five-game winning streak that included a 24-21 win over Hutchinson in the Region VI championship. Up next for the Grizzlies is a matchup with Iowa Western in the Graphic Edge Bowl on Dec. 8.

Williams plans to sign his letter of intent in December and enroll on Rocky Top in January.

Click play below to see what Williams said to InsideTennessee about what convinced him to declare for the Volunteers during his official visit:

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the FOX Sports NEXT team July 2011.
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