Williams wants a return to WR U

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MARIETTA, Ga. — Big Orange County is already salivating over potentially having Preston Williams join the likes of Jason Croom, Josh Malone, Marquez North and Von Pearson for the 2015 season.

"They say that I can complete it," Williams said Tennessee coaches tell him. "We would be Wide Receiver U again.

"We're rebuilding the program. We're going to be back on top.

"Spots are not given, you have to go earn them. I don't look at any schools that say you're going to start right out of the rip. You've got to earn it. You've got to work for it."

The Scout five-star wide receiver verbally committed to the Volunteers back in mid-December and has maintained that pledge in spite of seeing several FBS campuses.

"Tennessee is home," Williams said. "Tennessee, that's just my house, basically. They were one of my first offers before everybody else came. They stuck with me, and I've stuck with them.

"I mean if I can sign now I would."

On the schedule for future visits are trips to check out North Carolina, Syracuse and UCLA.

Georgia is a school pulling out all the stops to keep the Scout five-star close to home. Williams says the Bulldogs are recruiting him the hardest.

"They talk to me every day on Twitter. They send me mail. They're working for me, I can put it like that.

"I can see myself being a Bulldog."

He visited Auburn weeks ago but the Tigers chances may be fading.

"I like Auburn a lot. I can see myself there, but I can't," Williams said.

"The way they throw the ball, I see that. But, I just can't see myself being a War Eagle."

The Florida Gators and assistant coach Joker Phillips were coming on strong for the Scout's No. 3-rated prospect in Georgia.

"I ain't heard from Florida since I've been there," he said.

Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni stays in touch regularly with his prized commit and provides a reminder when competition knocks on Williams' door: "Remember where the home is. Remember where we started."

"I talk to coach Z every day. I get the same amount of mail from them every day."

Williams, who's long jumped 22 feet, 7 inches and triple jumped 48 1/8 this spring, plans to be at Orange & White game and may come to a practice before then.

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"I've done seen about everything. I just want to walk around a bit more though," he said.

Williams earned an invite to this summer's premier event The Opening with his performance on Sunday at the Atlanta NIKE Football Training Camp. He measured in at 6 feet 5, 200 pounds.

He said he doesn't plan to pack on much weight between now and college.

"I'm good right now. I know I'm going to pick up some more when I go to Tennessee. I'm going to gain like 20 pounds the first week."

The Lovejoy (Ga.) High School product says he keeps in touch with fellow Peach State commit and defensive end Andrew Butcher, as well as Frostproof, Fla., resident and linebacker Cecil Cherry.

Contrary to some rumors, Williams said his college destination is not contingent on his fiancee getting a track and field scholarship.

"They say I'm a high risk or something like that. They say I ask for too much. I mean I just can't help the fact that I want to go to school with my girl. I mean she can fly and she's smart. She can do it on her own. She didn't have a scholarship to Tennessee. She applied and got accepted."

Williams plans to enroll on Rocky Top in January if all goes as planned academically this summer and fall.

He added that he and his fiancee don't yet have a wedding date.

"I mean I want a dream wedding. So, it's probably going to be later. I can't do it right now…probably late college."


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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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