Coffee High DB Pernell Williams and the Florida Gators

Coffee DB Pernell Williams

Coffee DB Pernell Williams

Coffee defensive back Pernell Williams said he committed to the Florida Gators, but it appears that the reigning BCS champions have not yet accepted his commitment.

Here’s a quick recap: Williams said he got on the phone on Thursday morning with Florida assistants Vance Bedford and Brian White, and told them he was committing to the Gators. Then Williams texted reporters, saying he was excited about picking the Gators.

However, word later got back to Williams and his family that maybe the Gators hadn’t accepted the commitment just yet. Apparently, there was some miscommunication. Former UGA player Reggie Weeks, who is the brother-in-law of Williams, said he called Bedford late Thursday to clarify the matter.

“[Bedford] said ‘We definitely want Pernell and he has an offer from Florida,’” Weeks said. “He said they (Florida) didn’t want Pernell to rush into it so soon with committing where he might change his mind later on. So Florida is coming to Coffee’s spring football practices to work it all out.”

“Pernell is committed to Florida. That’s where he wants to go. That’s his dream school. That’s where he plans on playing in college.”

NCAA rules prevent college coaches from commenting on prospective student-athletes. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds said Clemson offered him as a sophomore and said that UGA had offered within the last few weeks. He also had serious interest from a dozen schools, including Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Williams told the AJC on April 10 that he loves the Florida Gators. “It just doesn’t get any better than that. They have won two out of the last three national championships. That speaks for itself. They are the champions, and I’m excited that they want me to join their family. I almost committed to [Urban Meyer] when I was down there for Junior Day, but I didn’t.”

Williams made a name for himself in last year’s Class AAAAA playoffs against Stephenson. The two teams were stocked with big-time college prospects, and Williams stole the spotlight with 11 solo tackles.

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    August 11th, 2009
    3:04 pm

    Pernell is my friend from way back we used to ride the bus together he lives right down the rode where ever he goes he will do great

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    Lord of the Lizards

    April 19th, 2009
    1:51 pm

    All of that is true but you can’t blame Urban if no official offer was ever extended and according to the official services they didn’t and I couldn’t find where he was. All schools actively recruit many more players than they could ever take, in fact many SIGN many more players than allowed (see Ole Miss)! I see that Tennessee is actively recruiting about a hundred players, can you imagine if half of those guys decided to “commit” tomorrow! Of course, they would have to pick and choose the ones they want and tell the others “see ya”. With all that said , I think Pernell has an excellant chance of being Gainesville bound IF that is really what he wants to do.

    Rising Tide

    April 19th, 2009
    10:56 am

    Call it what it is…. Urban Myer caught with his pants down. They offered the kid but didn’t want him to committ because they want to see if they can lure someone with more stars. Happens everywhere. Exactly why Florida or any other school shouldn’t get their panties in a wad over a kid (Reid, Richardson) changing his mind later in the process. I know everyone will say that’s why kids shouldn’t committ early but if Williams was a 5 star would you have a problem with him committing now? Neither would Urban Myer.

    Gator Dave

    April 17th, 2009
    12:48 pm

    Well, the fact that they’re coming up to see him indicates to me that he’ll end up there. Maybe they just want to re-affirm his decision or maybe they want to take a look at him at another position (WR?) because they have alot of depth and alot of 2010 commitments from top DBs. Gators are in need of WRs in this class, no doubt.


    April 16th, 2009
    9:08 pm

    Weird situation…IMO I think Florida is being cautious after getting burned by another player from Georgia they had been on for a long time and had cultured a relationship with, Greg Reid. If you’ll recall, during the Under Armour All American game prep week, Reid, who was a long time Fla commit, started to garner alot of attention and got wandering eyes, which led to his “de-commitment” and subsequent NSD signing with FSU. Florida had been on the kid from jump street when no one else cared and I think the coaches were disturbed that once he got all that national attention and suddenly wanted to “shop around”. Hey it happens in recruiting but it’s not cool and it affects your entire board. And then throw in the Richardson thing with Kiffin, whom Kiffin convinced the kid to continue to lie to not only the Florida coaching staff, but to his entire hometown of Pahokee, Fla, about his intentions. Glad That guy didn’t come!!! I just think the coaches are just saying, let’s make sure… Hope it all works out and Pernell ends up in orange and blue!

    Gator Growl

    April 16th, 2009
    7:27 pm

    I don’t care if he has a valid offer or not…if he’s got the grades and the talent and the right attitude and he LOVES the Gators…And he’s not another Greg Reid or Noo-key Richardson, I say let’s Love him back!!!

    Lord of the Lizards

    April 16th, 2009
    6:59 pm

    I hope the offer is valid, we could really use his talent, especially at WR. Sign him up! Or at least say “Welcome to the Family” I like this kid, he’s gonna be a good player, good size and good speed. Any grade issues???

    Percy Harvin

    April 16th, 2009
    6:37 pm

    I rolled a joint with my Wonderlic test. I am so high right now…. Torrey Davis always has the best Sherm.


    April 16th, 2009
    5:37 pm

    Your a moron Tom.