Cody Williams: LSU Tops for Longview DE?

When the LSU coaching staff hits the road in May to evaluate the top prospects on the recruiting board Longview (Texas) will definitely be one of the stops for <b>Les Miles</b> and company...<p>

Longview High School has several blue-chip prospects and two in particular that have sparked an interest on LSU's part.

Miles has already extended a scholarship offer to offensive guard Trent Williams (6-4, 295, 5.2) and although Tiger Rag has been unsuccessful at reaching the Texas native several sources have told us LSU is the team to beat.

While Trent Williams would obviously fill a huge need for the Tigers there is another Williams that also favors the Tigers.

Cody Williams, a 6-4 1/2, 240-pound defensive end, is a player that has seen his stock rise a lot over the past month or so.

Most college coaches knew who Williams was but considered him somewhat an "unknown" because his junior season was his first action on the varsity squad and he was not a full-time starter. He still turned in solid numbers last season with 41 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Williams is no longer considered an "unknown" because a lot of coaches have seen his highlight film and saw the potential the kid possesses. As impressive as he looks on film, once coaches see him in person or in a weight room setting they get blown away.

"I've got good size at 6-4 1/2 and 240-pounds but my 4.5-speed and 31" vertical jump shows how athletic I am," said Williams, who is also a national honor society member and a full academic qualifier. "I'm also a former 200-meter sprinter with a best of 22.6 seconds."

So far, Texas A&M, Baylor and SMU have extended a scholarship offer but Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Arkansas and Kansas State have joined LSU in recruiting the standout end.

Williams has been looking at LSU for over a year now and he likes what he sees in the program. "I met the coaches last year and started looking into the program," he said. "I saw they had great academics and played great football. I went to a game last season and saw how the atmosphere was and it was very intense. I liked it. I feel quite strongly about LSU."

When asked if he would consider LSU his favorite, he replied, "Yes."

LSU has been unsuccessful in past years with the players from Longview but all of that would change with a pledge or two from the Williams' boys.

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