SEC comes calling for Williamson

The SEC jumped in with two offers on Wednesday for Chris Williamson, a 6-foot, 185-pound athlete out of Gainesville, Ga. While Vanderbilt had been expressing serious interest after Williamson's All-State performance, it was Kentucky's offer that came as a bit of a surprise.

Chris Williamson Profile Now, with just four weekends left before National Signing Day, Williamson will have some big decisions to make on who to schedule his remaining official visits. He spoke to VandyMania.com on how things are shaping up.

"Vanderbilt has asked for my film awhile back," Williamson. "I knew they were talking to my defensive coordinator about me. I wasn't quite as surprised when Coach (Charles) Bankins offered me as I was with Kentucky. That was was definitely more out of the blue.

"I was pleased to get the Vanderbilt offer. It's a good one to have. Vanderbilt offers a combination of great academics, it's close to home, I'd have a chance to compete in the SEC. I have to say, it's very intriguing to me.

"Coach Bankins said they like me at cornerback. They like that I'm a very versatile athlete who does well on either side of the ball. My ball skills at wide receiver actually will help make me a better cornerback in their mind. He told me that he likes my quickness in a small area, my smoothness in getting good breaks on the ball, and what he's seen me do in man-to-man coverage.

"I'm hoping I can make it to both Vanderbilt and Kentucky in the next couple of weeks. There are some things I like about Kentucky as well like Derrick Ainsley, who I consider to be an amazing defensive backs coach. I have to get with my family and come up with a plan before Signing Day."

In his first year as a starter at Gainesville in 2014, Williamson averaged 120 plays per game on offense and defense. At wide receiver, he made 52 catches for 1061 yards and 15 touchdowns and had 65 tackles, 13 pass breakups, and two interceptions on defense. Not too many players are able to do that in the Georgia 5A classification. He was named first team All-Region (Offense) and first team All-State (Offense) in post-season accolades. Williamson's recruiting has skyrocketed in recent months and he now holds 19 D-1 offers.

"The recruiting interest really didn't take off until towards the end of our season," he said. "Most of my offers have just come in the past two months. I've taken an official visit to Cal and I loved it. Coach (Greg) Burns, the DB coach, and the rest of the staff made a huge impact on me when I went out there. I have (an official visit) scheduled to North Carolina the weekend of January 16th, but after that I don't have anything. I may, though, take one or two more.

"I don't want to drag my decision out till Signing Day. I was hoping to have it made by then. I don't want it to just be lingering there. I'd like to have told the coaches where I'm going and go out and enjoy that day. I'm attracted to the schools from the Power Five conferences with high academics that's why I'm looking closely at Cal, UNC, Vandy, those types of places. Of course, I want to go in and play early and compete for playing time. My game, I feel, is really taking off and I want to be somewhere that will help me continue to grow as a football player. On the academic side, football doesn't last forever, so I want to have that top-notch degree with me when it does eventually come to an end. I'm looking at the school that will best prepare me for life after football and after college, but also helps make me into a better man."

In addition to Vanderbilt and Kentucky, Iowa State, Northwestern, UCF, Virginia, and Wake Forest are all vying for Williamson's last official visits.

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