Florida Athlete Joins ACC Champs!

After going 11-2 this season on the football field, the gridiron Deacs picked up another big victory this past week when Florida athlete Michael Williams committed to Wake Forest.

"I think it was Tuesday or Wednesday that I decided," Michael Williams said of his decision to commit to Wake Forest. "I had been talking it over and thinking about it for a while now. I didn't want to put it down until I thought about it and was for sure. I went up for the Virginia Tech game and thought I fit in well. When I came there I thought about it and it just made an impression."

While on his unofficial visit to Wake Forest, Williams met current commit Jordan Williams as well as a few other recruits. He also got the opportunity to see the campus and the atmosphere at Groves Stadium.

"We got into town and looked at the school and it was real nice – top of the line," said the 6'0 ½, 165-pound defensive back/wide receiver. "It was very close together and a well kept program. I like the atmosphere around the school. The class size and ratio is superb and the game was great, really up-tempo and the crowd was in it. Also, I was impressed that the crowd stuck around even when they were down in the game."

After taking an unofficial a few weeks ago, Williams hopes to visit Wake again soon. However, with his schedule over the next month, it could be tough to fit in a visit. After all, Williams has already been asked to play in two separate All-Star games and his coach has spoken with him about another.

These honors come on the heels of a great senior season by the Melbourne, Florida athlete. "It went real well overall," Williams said of his senior campaign. "I finished up with seven interceptions and receiving wise I think I had 30-something catches for something like 515-yards and six touchdowns. Our team finished up 12-2 and lost in the 3rd round of the playoffs."

That has also garnered him attention from schools around the southeast. "I had Miami of Ohio, FIU, Florida A&M and strong interest from Florida State, they're still on me hard and South Carolina and Florida. Those are the main ones that were after me and they're still on me."

In the end, the Deacs won out, however, thanks in part to their impressive 2006 campaign. "I'm not going to lie and say [their season] wasn't a factor, but overall Coach Elrod, me and him have a real good relationship. It doesn't have to be about football. We can talk about family, how his team is doing and all. It doesn't have to be when I'm going to commit and all that. When I met coach Grobe, it just sealed the deal."

"Coach Grobe called me the night I committed," Williams continued, "and I was at a high school basketball game and I talked to him for a while and we were having a conversation about different things. But they've been writing me handwritten letters and you can tell they appreciate [my commitment."]

Williams, a good student in the classroom as well, has already qualified to enroll at Wake Forest next year.


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