Trinity Valley's Williams talks recruiting

Trinity Valley is loaded at the receiver position this year, but their top playmaker out wide is WR Darnell Williams (6-2, 200). JCFootball.com caught up with the talented wideout and he updated us on things including which school he decided to commit to early in the process and why he's still looking around...

Williams prepped at Orlando's Winter Park High School in Florida and signed with Central Florida, but he was unable to qualify.

"After I signed with UCF I worked really hard to get qualified, but it just didn't happen," Williams admitted to JCFootball.com. "Me and my family were (displaced) by Hurricane Katrina and we moved from Mississippi after our home was destroyed.

"All that transferring and some other things made it tough to get qualified. So when I didn't get qualified, I got a call from the Trinity Valley coaches and they said if I came up there they would get me set and make it so I didn't have to worry about anything but school and football and that they would get me ready to go for the next level."

As a freshman in 2008, Williams had a solid season, posting 36 receptions for 474 yards and six touchdowns, leading the Cardinals in all three categories.

"They used me all over the place, but I probably fit better out wide," Williams said. "With my speed (4.4) and my quickness I can either run around you or I can use my size and strength to be physical with corners."

On the recruiting front, Williams made an early commitment to UAB, but he said he's softened his commitment and is still looking at some other schools.

"I like the UAB coaches and what they have to offer, but I need to make sure I make the right choice for me, so I'm a soft verbal to them right now," Williams said. "Clemson has really come after me hard and Rutgers too. Arizona State and LSU called me during May and said they liked me a lot and Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Kansas State and Iowa State have all sent me stuff saying they like me.

"I'm working hard to graduate in December, so I'm taking a full load of classes this summer and I want to take my visits before I sign. I'll probably wait it out before I sign with anyone."

Wherever Williams ends up he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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