Union Grove defensive end Anthony Williams was so exhausted at the end of the day Monday he didn’t even want to talk. So his coach, Steven Collins, did his talking for him.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Williams, a 4-star recruit according to Rivals.com and a 3-star according to Scout.com, called Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson around 8 p.m. Monday night and gave him the good news.
Trouble was, that came at the end of a long day for Williams, including his first full day of school at Union Grove High followed by a grueling practice in Monday’s stifling heat.
“Tomorrow,” Williams texted in reply to an interview request. “Right now just [too] tired to do any interviews.”
Collins filled in the blanks.
“Georgia Tech was his favorite to begin with,” said Collins, who also saw former players Kyle Jackson and Steven Sylvester land with the Jackets. “He’s always liked it there and knows a lot of the players and coaches there. But he wanted to do it the right way and give all the offers he was getting consideration. He did that and now he feels good about his decision.”
Williams ended up with at least a dozen firm offers, all from SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-10 schools. But he most seriously considered FSU, with whom he camped just a couple of weeks ago. Ole Miss was a distant third.
“He’s a tremendous player, number one,” Collins said. “The thing people don’t see is he’s also a great person. He’s got a good faith behind him and a good family. He does a lot for special needs kids here. He’s the total package.”
Williams has only played one season as a defensive end, spending his entire sophomore campaign as a tight end. Collins is excited about seeing what his star pupil after a summer of camping at the position. “His up side is enormous,” he said.
About the time Collins finished his remarks Williams answered a request for a text-only comment. Probably from flat on his back in his bed.
“Basically I feel I made the right decision,” Williams wrote. “Now I can focus on my team and leading them to state. I felt GT was for me. Now I hope my teammates Hampton Mizell, Dareon Mays, Drew Bullard, Donavan Johnson get some good looks [from colleges].”
Told to sleep well, Williams replied with “I am!”
Williams is Georgia Tech’s 10th commitment for the 2010 class, which currently has only 12 spots to offer. It is not likely the Yellow Jackets will seek any more commitments until after the season.