Recruiting Rewind: Alabama-bound Kellen Williams didn’t get same ‘family feeling’ at UGA

 

Brookwood OL Kellen Williams got more of that family feeling at Alabama (AJC)

Brookwood OL Kellen Williams got more of that family feeling at Alabama (AJC)

Holding no grudges against Georgia, Alabama commit Kellen Williams said UGA may have been a little more attractive had he been able to meet coach Mark Richt during his junior day visit.

“That was the only junior day visit I took where I didn’t meet the head coach,” he said. “I still haven’t met him. I’ve been in Coach [Nick] Saban’s house, and I just didn’t get that family feeling like we did in Tuscaloosa. I guess I wasn’t a high prospect on their radar.”

The 6-foot-4, 297-pound Brookwood offensive lineman still views Georgia as one of the premier programs in the country and he has the utmost respect for the coaching staff in Athens.

“I have the utmost respect for Coach Richt and Coach Searles,” he said. “Alabama was just the right fit for me.”

Williams talked about to the AJC about the recruiting process.

Q. If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be?

A. Make sure you commit where you want to go. It’s kind of like a marriage. Once you say I do you are in it for four years. Also try and commit before your senior year starts, so you have less stress and you can enjoy playing football.

Q. What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention?

A. Coach Collins from Central Florida would send me hand-written letters every four days or so and he drew beaches saying, ‘Wish you were here.’

Q. What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process?

A. I didn’t want to tell any of the coaches that were recruiting me that I was waiting on a scholarship offer from Alabama. I had to tell these coaches that I was still interested in their program but the whole time I wanted to go to Alabama.

Q. If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting?

A. I would allow head coaches to come and see you at spring practice. It’s a shame they allow assistants to see you at spring practice but not the head coach. It’s also a shame they really can’t talk to juniors. You should be able to talk to coaches when they ask your coaches about you.

Q. Who was the best player you ever played against in high school?

A. Eric Eberhardt from North Gwinnett. He plays at Wofford now. He had a motor on him. He played defensive end, and he would utilize the swim move and spin move. From that game alone, he was one of the reasons I worked so hard on pass protection.

Q. What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?

A. No regrets. I really thought I handled it well.

Q. What was the best single experience you had on any of your recruiting trips?

A. During my official visit to Alabama, they let us put on a jersey and walk through the tunnel. There was no one in the stands but the highlight films were playing and it made me ready to play at the next level.

Q. Did Saban save a number for you?

A. I’m not a number guy. I’ll wear 00 if I can get playing time. I know some guys are big on that but not me.

62 comments Add your comment

Tenn in ATL

March 24th, 2009
1:54 am

Is that legal to let recruits put on jerseys and run through tunnel?????????

BamaBrad

March 24th, 2009
1:59 am

Kellen, you picked the right school, baby. Ask Coach Richt about that halftime score last year if he ever takes time out of his busy prayer schedule to meet you. We emptied the bench in the second half. Kellen, you could’ve walked out from the stands and played for us in that game as a high schooler. If we didn’t get some bad calls in the SEC championship game in ATL, then it would’ve been Bama and not FLA as nat champions. Roll Tide.

JM

March 24th, 2009
3:23 am

I’m pretty sure that’s simulating game day actions… which is an infraction (minor)!

Kiffen already got one for simulating a press conference under the same rule.

[...] charlie reese posted a noteworthy aricle today onHere’s a small snippetKellen, you picked the right school, baby. Ask Coach Richt about that halftime score last year if he ever takes time out of his busy prayer schedule to meet you. We emptied the bench in the second half. Kellen, you could’ve walked out … [...]

Bamafan

March 24th, 2009
7:04 am

Kellen, Glad to have you play for the crimson tide and good luck in the future!! GO BAMA ROLL TIDE!!

[...] Alabama-bound Kellen Williams didn’t get same ‘family feeling’ at UGA Holding no grudges against Georgia, Alabama commit Kellen Williams said UGA may have been a little more attractive had he been able to meet coach Mark Richt during his junior day visit. “That was the only junior day visit I took where I didn’t meet the head coach,” he said. “I still haven’t met him. I’ve been in Coach [Nick] Saban’s house, and I just didn’t get that family feeling like we did in Tuscaloosa. I guess I wasn’t a high prospect on their radar.” [...]

BAMA STAN

March 24th, 2009
8:10 am

12 National Titles – 21 Sec Titles

Kellen – good choice. With all of the hype UGA has received – it’s funny to me that they get blown out at least once a year (3 year trend) ….. and last year they got absolutely blown out twice and had a complete defensive meltdown against GT. A GT team that struggled to beat Gardner Webb and was totally outclassed by LSU. Something is off at UGA – and it starts with the coaching.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

SecIsFootball

March 24th, 2009
8:15 am

Tenn in ATL….The Jersey deal is not illegal unless the the school put the kids name on the back. They did away with that about 5 years ago at all schools. After that they take the kids to the field to watch the highlight tape of the past season. I have read articles from recruits who talk about doing that at all the schools they visited. There is no game similation in that by Alabama or any other school that does it.

dawgster

March 24th, 2009
8:19 am

i can promise you that Coach Richt makes every effort to meet all the recruits at junior days and at other visits, but we also have position coaches that do a great job in the recruitng process..from all indications Alabama was his choice all along which is fine, but don’t read into it anymore than it is where CMR was not able to meet with him this time, I can promise you he would have met with him at other times in the future, these kids say things sometimes and everyone turns it around to what they want to make of it, Yes, it would have been great if CMR could have met with him that day, but it didn’t have anything to do with UGA not having an interest in this kid

Fred Dawg

March 24th, 2009
8:20 am

Good for this young man to get a scholarship and an opportunity to play at the school of his dreams. We wish him a great experience and hope that he works hard to earn a great education.

It’s obvious that Kellen was going to Alabama all along – no matter if Coach Richt visited him or not. No need to invest time, effort, and energy on a recruit that you know is not interested in your program.

dawgster

March 24th, 2009
8:35 am

Hey BamaStan, you are right we have lost big to some very good SEC Teams expecially last year, but I trying to remember when we lost to a Utah team from out west, and by the way they too are a pretty good team, so when you make statements about uga or other schools, don’t forget to look in your on cupboard…

Ole Dawg

March 24th, 2009
8:55 am

Hey Bama Brad and Bama Stan…..How abou that LA. Monroe loss…and having to hold on for dear life aganist a pathetic Tulane team..and let’s not forget that great game you played on national TV against Utah in the Sugar Bowl. Your team is soft…no heart…they gave up as soon as they got down in the bowl game….I’d call that unprepared and poor coaching.Bama is in for a long year in 2009…I see 4 losses…You two will be crying on each others shoulders by the end of November. Va.Tech,Ole Miss and LSU will hang you out to dry…..I can’t wait to hear all the excuses you’ll come up with. How’s Jolio Jones doing in school…my sources tell me he’s about to flunk out.You two need to trade trailer addresses so you can console each other this year…it’s going to be a long season for the Tide.

rayray

March 24th, 2009
9:06 am

BamaStan….please just shut up! I get sick of the dawg attention,too….but this is A UGA rag. But please try to have a shred of decency in your posts.

rayray

March 24th, 2009
9:10 am

As for you Old dog….there are plenty of trailers in your fine state as well.

Bill

March 24th, 2009
10:00 am

Ole Dawg-

I can tell you Alabama has nothing to be ashamed about last year. They lost to the no.1 and no.2 teams in the country and ended in the top five while starting the year outside the top 25. I can assure you your school (au, uga or ut) didn’t fair the same.

Congrats Kellen and Roll Tide

kelscruggs

March 24th, 2009
10:02 am

“Make sure you commit where you want to go. It’s kind of like a marriage. Once you say I do you are in it for four years.”

That’s good stuff there.

Recruitnik

March 24th, 2009
10:26 am

Of course you didn’t meet with mark richt. UGA wasn’t going to offer you. There are over 100 jrs at the jr days and mark richt meets with those who they are very interested in and those who they are either about to offer or on the verge of offering. Kellen you just weren’t high on uga’s list.

'ol sport

March 24th, 2009
10:31 am

WOW!!! The Tide finally had a good year last year. You guys sound like a bunch of Techies, one decent season makes you world beaters.
Don’t turn me into a Vol fan with all your “carried away” comments. Have pride, show it with class.

WTF

March 24th, 2009
10:51 am

He sounds like another spoiled, over blown ego who wants every coach to kiss his a**. Wonder how he’ll feel once he gets to Bama and he is just another rookie who probably won’t get the time of day from Sabin till he earns it.

‘ol sport – agree completely. Both Yech and the Bammers talk like they’ve been undefeated for the past ten years.

Ron

March 24th, 2009
11:07 am

What’s a tornado in Alabama and a divorce in Alabama have in common?? Someone’s about to lose a trailer!!

GO DAWGS!! We’ll be fine without Kellen.

Tim Hartland

March 24th, 2009
11:32 am

Hey WTF- NO kid should get the time of day until he earns it. So I guess he picked the right place. Kellen sounds like a humble young man to me. Best of luck to you, You sound like you have your head on straight. I’ll tell you what — some very bitter, bitter, folks on here. Gotta be DAWGS!!

T-DAWG

March 24th, 2009
11:32 am

BamaBrad stop crying!!!!! I know what about the 12 national championships. Typical Bama Fan “Big Crybabies”

JimmyBoy

March 24th, 2009
11:34 am

Hahahaha, ‘ol sport, you really crack me up. A Dawg fan talk about having class? That is classic.

Tim Hartland

March 24th, 2009
11:35 am

Ron,

How ignorant are you? Of course the Dawgs will be fine without Kellen…and Kellen will be fine without the DAWGS> Don’t take it so personal. Glad the kid gets to play for his dream school… Doesn’t happen often . GROW UP Ron.

rtr

March 24th, 2009
11:52 am

ole dawg
Julio just became a senator for the student government. No he’s not about to fail out. So your sources must not be that good.
Dont talk about grades because Bama’s team was best in the SEC (if you dont count vandy).

rtr

March 24th, 2009
11:52 am

good one RON

SecIsFootball

March 24th, 2009
12:37 pm

‘ol sport – Or BAMA fans sound like UGA did after their first good season under Richt. You will have to forgive our excitement for a few minutes.

Ole Dawg….yeah, losing to ULM TWO years ago sucked. Probably felt very similar when you guys lost to a team like Vandy several years back. As for the Utah game, this is the same Utah team that finished undefeated and #2 in the country. As well as you can see 4 loses on UA’s schedule, I am sure I could go through the UGA schedule and find the same. I know you guys think Cox will be as good or better than the almighty stafford but you guys are in for a long season as well!! As for a soft team with no heart….I especially agree with that when looking at the UGA-BAMA game. In the first have, UGA was utterly embarrassed. In the 2nd half, BAMA let up and UGA got back in it with a couple of late garbage touchdowns.

Bama John in Miami

March 24th, 2009
12:58 pm

Have to agree that he was Bama bound all along, but still glad Richt didn’t meet him at their junior day. hehe. Roll Tide Kellen. Glad to have you in Crimson!

Bama, UGA, and then anyone who plays the Canes!!!

Volnation

March 24th, 2009
1:28 pm

After reading all these comments, bottom line guys, it’s great to be an SEC Fan. Other than the “Gayturds” stadium, I’ve enjoyed every one of my trips to other SEC schools and the fans have been great. Let’s hope the SEC wins another NC in 2009.

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
1:53 pm

rtr needs a reality check…..

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

JimmyBoy needs a reality check…

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

Bama Stan has always needed a reality check….

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

Secls Football really needs a reality check…..

SecIsFootball

March 24th, 2009
2:04 pm

Reality Check…..here is your reality check…..41-30!!!!

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
2:13 pm

SeclsFootball here is your reality check….The NCAA is on the phone…..What was the score of the last three games between UA and UGA?

gridironglory

March 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

I wonder bama going on second probation and losing more shollie’s will effect this year’s class, I am hearing they will lose about 6 and could lose home game’s. Maybe this is why they leased car’s for player so they would make the cover up easy. No wonder Saban doesn’t have a buyout, He knew it was a matter of time.

JaxGator

March 24th, 2009
2:36 pm

BamaBrad
Why don’t you tell us what the bad calls were in the SEC championship game. Are you really saying Tim Tebow was a bad call?
To the Vol fan that did not like going to Gainesville; was that the year the Gators put 63 on the vols or the year they hung 59 on the vols?

SecIsFootball

March 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

Reality Check….The NCAA? Really? I have not heard that so thank God you are around? How original of you.

Fine. You guys won the last 3. I guess like you UGA fans do so you have a valid arguement when it comes to Florida, I will do the same now. Care to compare the overall series record? How about we just talk about this year. BAMA has beaten UGA in football, basketball and taken 2 out of 3 in baseball. Oh yeah, we just won the SEC title in gymnastics! But hey, you will always have tennis and the hope that the NCAA comes down on us over the text book issue….That clearly gave us a competetive advantage on the field so I guess now you have an excuse as to why UGA has been whipped by UA in just about every sport this year!! Congrats.

SecIsFootball

March 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

gridironglory….oh boy…another rival fan with inside sources within the NCAA. Seems that have told all fans except UA about our impending doon. Two things will come of this investigation….1) Mal Moore will be out as the AD. 2.)Major disappointment from rival fans when no NCAA penalities are issued!!

SecIsFootball

March 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

JaxGator….I dont remember too many bad calls in that game. I remember BAMA having a lead into the 4th quarter and Tebow absolutely taking over. Kid should have won the Heisman again.

bank walker

March 24th, 2009
4:36 pm

Richt didn’t want Kellen and bammer came begging for the Georgia talent. Plain and simple, kind of like the fans. We are glad to send man genes to your program. Saban knows where the best football is played. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

dap01

March 24th, 2009
5:16 pm

Bama is a great school. But they won their first significant games in years and they think that they are in the sixtys again. I heard that they even have the internet in Alabama now.

brick

March 24th, 2009
5:31 pm

I really can’t believe Bama fans feel the need to trash Richt’s character when they have Saban as a coach. At least the kid was smart enough to realize he wasn’t high on our priority list, nor were we high on his. And yes you did beat us in 08, but I think your bowl game showed you what losing your LT and best OL does to a team.

T-DAWG

March 24th, 2009
7:40 pm

Attention all Bama Fans you will go 9-3 and 10-2 at best and finish 2nd in the west.

corey

March 24th, 2009
7:50 pm

SecIsFootball: You beat us in Football. (1 out of the last 3 right?) You beat us in Basketball. You won 2 out of 3 in Baseball (Look up at us in the rankings, defending SEC champs, etc.) You won the SEC in Gym because we fell off the beam (has-been program we already beat in the regular season) We killed you in M/W swimming. (8 years straight) Our lowly women’s basketball team managed to beat you (several years straight) You don’t EVER beat us in m/w tennis or golf, didn’t we beat you in softball when you were #1 already? Maybe you’re better in volleyball or something…
We still have a better overall athletic program than you…also we aren’t in the state of Alabama.

The point is…if you were trying to make us feel inferior to you, you haven’t…we KNOW we have a better overall athletic program than you, we have a better campus, better town, better overall facilities…i could go on, but you know it too. You’re going to win the odd game here or there, but it won’t ever make us bow down at your feet. How about you pull up the NACDA standings the past 10 or 15 years. I doubt you’ve been ahead of us EVER. I could go into academics also, but you REALLY don’t want to go there, i don’t think.

PS: The NCAA jokes are too easy because it just. keeps. happening. over there….Bama tradition: cheating on the capstone, right? You are what you are.

Tim Hartland

March 24th, 2009
7:57 pm

The kid committed on the spot when he was offered by BAMA back in March of his junior year. (i looked it up) Don’t discredit the kids talent because he and UGA were not a match- They are both great teams with great players. If you are good enough for BAMA, your good enough for UGA and vice versa. Hey, to have a offer from ANY team in the SEC is something to be proud of.

Tim Hartland

March 24th, 2009
8:04 pm

Corey,

I consider myself an SEC fan but you Georgia fans are such arrogant jerks. MARK my words- MARK is a permanent bridesmaid and will be run out of ATHENS this year when he has another “over hyped, disappointing season”. FACT A ranking of colleges and universities, published in the May 19, 2008 edition of Forbes magazine, ranks the University of Alabama SECOND in the nation among public universities. The ranking also places UA 42nd among all national universities, both public and private.[9] According to both the 2008 and the 2009 US News and World Report America’s Best Colleges Edition college rankings. Hey, Corey — know what your talking about.

corey

March 24th, 2009
8:24 pm

Tim: regarding college rankings:
FACT: The #2 Public University on Forbes academic ranking list is the US Air Force Academy.
FACT: The University of Georgia is # 19 on that list, the only school higher in the SEC is UF.
(psst: UA isn’t on it, Ole Miss is though)
FACT: UA isn’t even in the top 50 on their list, so you must be confused somehow. I’ll provide the link if you want. (hint: Just because something is on Wikipedia doesn’t mean it’s true)

There hasn’t been a year in any US News Rankings that Alabama has been ahead of UGA. In fact, in some years, Alabama didn’t even make the top 50 when UGA generally is in the 15-20 range among public colleges.

You’re getting your information from CCAP, which ranks schools based on how happy the students are, and how many of them post on “ratemyprofessor.com” BTW, you rank 7th there, not 2nd. (UGA is 10th) If you’re going to make up information, let it be those National Championships you keep making up. How many are you up to now?

Hey Tim: When you tell someone to know what they are talking about, know the difference in “your” and “you’re.”

Thanks, Arrogant jerk

SecIsFootball

March 24th, 2009
8:37 pm

corey….Swimming?? You have also beaten us in tennis. You know sports where fans fill the arenas. While you are at it, why dont you just throw in how good the equestrian is.

As for being inferior…that is not my point. Only point out to those UGA fans who talk about how bad Alabama is, the overall head to head record.

As for town, campus, facilities, etc….Give me a break. UGA and BAMA both have great college towns and great campuses. So give that crap a rest. As for Facilities….yes, maybe your tennis facility is better but as for football, you are completely incorrect. BAMA just upgraded the stadium 2 years ago up to 92K and it is incredible. Beginning in 2010, the stadium capacity will be up above 101K. Practice facility wise, they are about the same except we have an indoor facility. Basketball wise, our coliseum sucks and so does UGA’s. I know you have a new practice facility but I have yet to ever hear a kid commit to a school because they have a nice practice facility. Baseball, I would not say that the UGA stadium is any better than BAMA’s. Neither is great but neither is terrible either.

As for the NCAA jokes…sure they are easy. But, so are the jokes about arrested football players in Athens. But like the arrested players in Athens, nothing will come of the NCAA stuff and if you knew anything about the situation, you would see that. Good thing is we will have a new athletics director!!

SecIsFootball

March 24th, 2009
8:41 pm

T-Dawg….as a BAMA fan, I agree with your prediction completely. I think that LSU wins the SEC west this year and that BAMA will lose 2-3 games. I think the same will be the case for UGA. Your O should be pretty good and I think Cox will be a good QB. I think the problem will be on D. You have the same staff in place and Martinez is still calling the shots and I know a lot of UGA fans who are not happy about that!