Williams' love for Vols 'stronger now'

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Preston Williams was the sixth recruit in the Class of 2015 to declare his intentions to play his college football at Tennessee. Since then, his love affair for the orange has only deepened.

"It's grown," said Williams, who committed to the Volunteers back on Sept. 20. "It's stronger now. I'm a solid commit. It ain't gonna change. You won't hear me talking about any other college."

Leading the charge to get the Peach State talent to Rocky Top is Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who has already built quite the rapport with the Lovejoy (Ga.) High School playmaker.

"Coach is a player's coach, man," Williams said of his future position coach. "He ain't gonna tell you nothing wrong. He'll tell you the truth at all times. He's' going to be real with you."

This weekend, Williams drove up to Knoxville with friends for an unofficial visit.

"It was a good experience," Williams told InsideTennessee. "I love this place. Can't dream of nothing else, can't say nothing bad about this place. It's a great place to be."

Although it's a class ahead of him, he says he's excited about the pipeline of talent Butch Jones & Co. have directed to Big Orange Country. Scout has the 2014 Vol signing class ranked No. 2 nationally.

"It means a lot, man," Williams said. "Tennessee is going to be winning bowl games for at least the next 5-6 years. Tennessee's on the map right now."

After highlights from the 2013 season started circulating, it didn't take long for Scout to vault Williams to the front of the rankings and dub him a five-star prospect.

"Man, I want to be the best in the world, not the country, the world. You know what I'm saying? It makes me want to work harder, try to be better," he said.

"I love this place. Can't dream of nothing else, can't say nothing bad about this place. It's a great place to be."

—Preston Williams on Tennessee

Williams let's his performances on the gridiron speak for themselves. But, for those who haven't seen the talented junior compete, he gives a confident description as to why Scout has him as the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, regardless of signing class.

"I'm a different kind of player. You know what I'm saying? I'm like a freak of nature is what they all call me. I've got speed, size. I've got the hands. I have the vertical ability. It's the total package."

Williams says his current size is 6 feet 5, 205 pounds but he said he wants to "at least get to 215 before I get to Tennessee."

His four touchdowns in the opening round of the 2013 GHSA Class AAAAAA playoffs led Lovejoy past Marietta 27-23.

This spring, Williams plans to run track for Lovejoy, competing in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 4x100 and possibly the 4x400. If his schedule allows, he will attend the Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium on April 12.

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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 Scout team July 2011.
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