Coffee’s Pernell Williams, one of the Southeast’s top defensive backs, says he has “pretty much decided” to commit to Florida. Williams says he wants to hear what other schools have to say before officially announcing his college plans.
There are plenty of suitors for Willliams, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder who has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. Williams said Clemson offered him as a sophomore, while Florida and UGA offered within the last few weeks. He also has serious interest from a dozen schools, including Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.
Williams says 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. Almost, but not yet.”
What is holding Williams back? “I had a long talk with Coach Meyer. He understands that recruiting is a process, and it takes time. He says once you make a commitment, then there’s no more going out and visiting other schools. So that’s what I’m doing now, looking into other schools and seeing what they have to say. But I just can’t see anybody else beating Florida.”
UGA appears to be the strongest challenger to Florida for Williams’ services. He went to UGA’s Junior Day and liked it. “It’s a great school. I didn’t really get to talk to the coaches because there were so many prospects there. I wish I could’ve talked to the coaches more, but it’s cool. I like Georgia. They are good. It’s just hard to beat the situation at Florida.”
What’s working in Florida’s favor is that Williams has quickly developed a relationship with Meyer, the Gators are the reigning BCS champions, and they didn’t sign any cornerbacks last year. What’s working against Florida with Williams is that the Gators already have two commitments at cornerback for 2010. Williams would be No. 3 for Florida. Meanwhile, Georgia has only one commitment, Dalton’s Jalen Fields, who plays defensive end.
“I’m going to probably make everything official sometime in May, if not sooner,” Williams said.
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.