Coffee DB on the brink of committing to Florida Gators

Coffee DB Pernell Williams

Coffee DB Pernell Williams

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.

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  • 33 comments Add your comment

    Frank

    April 10th, 2009
    6:26 am

    I have never met him personally, but coarch meyers seems to be a sleaze ball. They may win down there, but they have to put up with jorts, mullets and meyers.

    Diamond Dawg

    April 10th, 2009
    7:15 am

    who cares!! Hit the road man. Go dawgs

    mad dawgs 2009

    April 10th, 2009
    8:29 am

    Fla gators will be always loser and cry baby too! think they will win national champs i dont think so fla will go down for good! Go bulldogs!

    GeoffDawg

    April 10th, 2009
    8:38 am

    I think the point we’re all forgetting here is that florida gator don’t take no jive.

    'ol dawg

    April 10th, 2009
    9:03 am

    I wish you well, and if you don’t really feel you WANT to be a Dawg, then you would be served better by going elsewhere. As Coach Richt has said, we REALLY want young men who WANT to come to UGA. You are a fine player and we would really like to have you at UGA – if you know that is where you want to be. You could help us, but please want to wear the red and black. Good luck to you.

    jaxdawg

    April 10th, 2009
    9:04 am

    Go Gator! I love me some Percy Harvey!!

    KJ

    April 10th, 2009
    9:13 am

    This is sooooo AWESOME!!!! I am a native of Coffee and I am so excited about the prospects for this young man. I wish him nothing but the best.

    Bulldog

    April 10th, 2009
    9:24 am

    Pernell, wait until you really get to know Coach Richt and the Georgia staff before you decide. One thing is certain, you will leave Georgia a better person and that is probably the most important consideration. Florida had a sub par recruiting class last year and they are out pressuring players early for the 2010 class. Some coaches know how to put a lot of pressure on a recruit and that is one of Florida’s best tricks. They want you to commit before you get to know the other coaches. Richt, on the other hand ,will not pressure you. Both coaches are good recruiters and remember Georgia is your state school.

    gatorman770

    April 10th, 2009
    9:48 am

    Pernell, don’t worry about the other two CB commits, because the Gator CBs on the 2009 team will be heading to the NFL and if you’re good and work hard, you will play for the Gators.
    As far as the jean shorts go, I’ve been working out at local gyms in the Atlanta area for over 30 years and noticed that the few people that work out in jean shorts have been wearing UGA shirts and hats, but I find that more tasteful than the UGA fans that still come in with their grossly undersized 70s Richard Simmons striped nylon short-shorts pulled up to midchest level!

    Pago Flyer

    April 10th, 2009
    10:14 am

    Why does everybody wish this kid good luck (if he signs with FL)…so he’ll come back and beat the DAWGS!?

    SEC fan

    April 10th, 2009
    10:59 am

    Lots of different approaches to gaining commitments from these kids. Texas, (and several others) clearly goes for the gettum buzzed up and emotional and get the quick commit while they are all excited. Works lots of times with these kids. Then they are treated as part of “the family” and shamed into honoring their decision if they even consider changing their minds. The kids generally feel pretty good about their decision as they aren’t mature enough to know what happened. Other programs go for anything but high pressure and many kids respect that. Those commits, when they are made, generally are 100% as they are decisions from the heart. You can usually look at the big schools and figure out how they approach the process. Both approaches have good and bad points. Just depends on where the coaches’ principles are. Even the fans know which schools are the high pressure recruiters. Watch the defensive blogs follow this posting.

    Cameron

    April 10th, 2009
    11:24 am

    This guy doesn’t even have an offer from Florida. He is running his mouth fishing for something from someone. He has no offer from UGA either. This question has been asked several times and it has been confirmed, according to scout, that he does not hold offers from UGA or Florida.

    BS Patrol

    April 10th, 2009
    11:31 am

    Gratulations coarch!

    JustCallMeChamp

    April 10th, 2009
    11:52 am

    Wow…The Florida Gators??? You must be GOOD! And if you’re that good you are probably not afraid of a little competition. From what I can see here, you have great size and speed and are smart enough to recognize a great situation when you see it…so the only other factors are your dedication to hard work and “coachability.” It doesn’t get any better than Coach Meyer and the Strengh and Speed training at Florida has no equal, many say better than the NFL. Hopefully you will be joining the National Champions with a couple other Georgia guys this year. Once you make that commitment, go get your ring finger sized. You’ll need to know that.

    Cliff Levingston

    April 10th, 2009
    12:19 pm

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Florida does more to lead kids on than any other program in the country. Meyer and his staff are very vague and selective in what they tell the kids and a lot of the kids swear they have a scholarship offer when they really don’t.

    It happens every year around this time. Hundreds of rising seniors go around with their chests held high because they think they have an offer from Florida when they really don’t

    jgator3

    April 10th, 2009
    12:40 pm

    i love it!! the same envious talk every year from the university of, 10-2, georgia, you guys are amazing.

    YouCan'tHandleTheTruth

    April 10th, 2009
    1:43 pm

    To the posters here that are claiming that Florida pressures recruits and uses vague tactics…DID you actually READ the above article??? The young man states himself that he was inclined to go ahead and commit but then had a long discussion with Urban Meyer. Sounds like Meyer basically told him to make sure of his commitment before making one. That doesn’t sound like pressure to me! And vague about what? Ask any recruit…Meyer does not promise ANYONE playing time or that they’re are gonna get this or that…only that there is no redshirt rule at Florida and that if you come in physically and mentally prepared you’ll have a chance. Nobody develops WILLING to work and go to class players better that Meyer and his coaching staff, and they’ve got the record to prove it. Or just go ask his current and former players…

    Tom

    April 10th, 2009
    2:02 pm

    How much closer to tying the series will Dan Magill let the Gators get before he starts “not counting” some previous mutt losses?

    gogators

    April 10th, 2009
    3:09 pm

    Haha, nice comments UGA fans!

    Another Tom

    April 10th, 2009
    5:03 pm

    Florida’s ’sub-par’ recruiting class was ranked 21st by Scout, but recruiting is more about filling needs than getting the most guys. If you look at the quality of the class, Florida only trails USC and UGA.

    http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=9&c=14&yr=2009

    Ed

    April 10th, 2009
    5:11 pm

    Go Tech!! smash those dawgs again!!!. Always crying about not getting a recruit Georgia is the one team in the country that do less with MORE!!who wants to be apart of that tradition. Win one National Championship This decade please!!. You get the best players from Georgia every year and fail to win a shame can you all say NEW COACH!!!

    TampaGator

    April 10th, 2009
    6:13 pm

    Why are there so many Dawg fans on this Gator recruit blog????? Don’t you guys have your own players being recruited by Richt? Why do you have to come to the Gator recuiting player page a rip Meyer for doing something the player, himself, says Meyer is not doing…pressuring him. What a bunch of “Dawg blinders” Georgia fans are. Also, Meyer had limited schollys last year and still recruited a great class, a class that filled almost every need the team had with 4 and 5 star players with great size, speed, and character. This year, he will sign between 25 and 30 4 and 5 star players with great speed, size, and character. Rip Meyer all you want, Dawg fans, he is still the best coach in America…2 out of the last 3 National Championships and a winner everywhere he as coached. P.S. Another top athlete just committed to the Gators today. The Gators will pound on Dawg meat forever!

    urbanshusband

    April 10th, 2009
    9:09 pm

    JEFF

    April 11th, 2009
    1:25 am

    Coffee’s DB Pernell Williams is about to make a mistake. Tebow cant stay for ever so, if you liked those rings Urban had to show you and you want more then you should reconsider. If you really think the dawgs aren’t BACK. Im just letting you know that coach Richt is not only a great man but he is father ,and a great coach so think hard before U Sign because Teboe will be gawn and then how man rings that they will get after he’s gone. Then check how many playlers the DAWGS have playing in tha NLF.

    Cameron

    April 11th, 2009
    9:49 am

    Vandy

    April 11th, 2009
    11:58 am

    Tampa Gator….a Gator blog? You go to the AJC website, click on UGA, and there’s a story about HS recruit from GEORGIA….a gator blog? I think you’re lost, D-bag.

    Spolight1980

    April 11th, 2009
    1:37 pm

    Beginning to think Ga. fans , like Alabama fans, have some serious screws loose.

    Coffee Fan

    April 11th, 2009
    11:13 pm

    Pernell is a good player but if u check georgiascout.com He does not have an offer from Fla. or Ga. as of it. Only from Clemson….On top of that, this guy is a hot head and does not know when to shut up. I have watched him play personally.

    Recruitnik85

    April 12th, 2009
    11:36 am

    What is this kid talking about? He doesn’t have offers from UF or UGA! Crazy-talk!

    SlimG

    April 12th, 2009
    12:46 pm

    Another baller from Douglas. This kid should go to ufa so his family can see him play. I have family in Douglas and they always produce top prospects. GT fans will remember a few boys from Coffee on that black watch outfit. Good luck kid!

    Inside info'

    April 12th, 2009
    10:17 pm

    Gators are on dope. Can’t even get in the NFL. Way to go Urban.

    Braindawg

    April 13th, 2009
    12:19 pm

    What a little brat. This is the first ive heard of this little brat, so he must not be that sought after. And the truth is, he more than likely wont even qualify to get into UF/UGA! Tell you what kid, go to high school, and get ready to play football! (for VMI, Georgia Southern, Clark Atlanta, Georgia Tech, Morehouse, but not for a big time school)

    BigDawg67

    April 15th, 2009
    10:15 am

    For all the haters in Atlanta, Pernell has already qualified to get into UGA or UF. He also has been getting a lot of attention from Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, and Duke. He has offers from three schools currently Clemson,Florida & Georgia. Mike Carvell just has the inside scoop compared to scout.com or rivals.com. Every high school player’s profile is updated on scout.com by the players who contact the analyst. The colleges do not provide the information to the websites.
    Pernell was at the combine promoted by scout.com in Atlanta last weekend. He made the all combine team and was chosen as a member of the defense elite 8.Lets be honest South Georgia does not get a lot of coverage in Atlanta. You guys did not know about Greg Reid until after the season was over. Florida recruits heavy in South Georgia to get the best players in Georgia that do not get the exposure like Alec Ogletree.