Yellow Jackets get Union Grove defensive end Williams

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.

52 comments Add your comment

mmgtfan

August 3rd, 2009
9:14 pm

Congrats Mr. Williams! You and your family will be welcomed on The Flats! Good luck to you!

JACKETfan

August 3rd, 2009
9:21 pm

Congratulations, Anthony.

What a great pickup. 4 star prospect on rivals…
GT is shaping up a really great recruiting class.

Not Disappointed

August 3rd, 2009
9:27 pm

Congrats to you Mr. Anthony Williams and your family. We look forward to having you on the Flats!

Chip Towers thanks for the info. Things are looking good for the Jackets! Ramblin Wreck!

GameTime

August 3rd, 2009
9:33 pm

Congratulations, Mr. Williams. We are delighted that you will be coming to GT!! You will be an asset to the University — on and off the field. And I believe your experiences at GT will serve you well in all that you do following your graduation from GT.
Here’s hoping you and your team have a great ‘09 year.

DiamondJim

August 3rd, 2009
9:34 pm

Welcome to GT Anthony Williams !!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 3rd, 2009
9:39 pm

dawgystyle

August 3rd, 2009
9:43 pm

Congrats dude. You officially just signed on to play in a pathetic stadium surrounded by pathetic fans. Seeing that you guys only beat the real football team of our state every eight years maybe you will be on the sideline in 2017 when it happens again. Go tickle somebody nancy boys!!!!!!!!!!!

JACKETfan

August 3rd, 2009
9:56 pm

Dawgystyle:

You are a prime example of a class-less, low-life UGA fan.

GTRUFF

August 3rd, 2009
9:56 pm

Recruitnik

August 3rd, 2009
9:58 pm

Congrats Anthony and Tech fans. He is quite a player.

GTRUFF

August 3rd, 2009
10:02 pm

That Defense is looking kinda Right at all positions for ‘10 class

Mark in Woodstock

August 3rd, 2009
10:02 pm

Perfect example of why I don’t like Georgia fans…they haven’t won anything of consequence nationally in 30 years and yet they talk junk all the time.

Ben

August 3rd, 2009
10:03 pm

Little different to see Techies commitment instead of another Dawgs stud. Good pickup for you guys. Better polish up on self defense to beat the thugs off you when they try to get your wallet down in the Flats.

Ben

August 3rd, 2009
10:06 pm

Won a couple SEC championship and a couple BCS games Mark in Woodstock…More than you have done…you guys haven’t even sniffed a BCS game.

Atlanta Jacket

August 3rd, 2009
10:06 pm

Dawgstyle – you are a sphincter muscle clown. Go back to your pathetic life.

Congratulations Anthony! Looking forward to seeing you at GT.

WillieD

August 3rd, 2009
10:07 pm

dawgstyle:

Your sterling message bespeaks your intellegence, background, and school of preference. Hopefully Anthony will read it and be even more delighted with his choice.

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

August 3rd, 2009
10:17 pm

I love how Dawg fans say 1 for 8, like we arent playing anymore games after 2008. You all seem to be focusing more on your one loss than the previous 7, but whatever. Congrats to A. Williams, you made the right choice. Maybe Wommack will teach you to tackle instead of play patty-cake down the sideline like Georgia defenders.

H. OBAMA

August 3rd, 2009
10:31 pm

Congratulations. We will provide you government health care if you are injured but I apoligize about putting the screws to your old parents and grandparents but care would cost too much and we do not think they are worth the cost, But continue to support me and we will have you socialized in the near future. Praise allah.

GT GRAD

August 3rd, 2009
10:32 pm

Good decision Anthony.

I look forward to following your college football carrer at GT. The future is VERY bright.

OldDawg

August 3rd, 2009
10:43 pm

Congrats on a good pickup! Quality kid…maybe the rivalry is coming back..we will see.
As for fans like Dawgstyle….Go read ANY UGA blog …every single one has GT idiots just like him on there talking crap.
Dont act so
high and mighty and holier than thou!

Saint Dawg

August 3rd, 2009
10:44 pm

(((38-3))) (((7-1))) (((59-39-5))) hahahahahaha

ColumDawg

August 3rd, 2009
10:46 pm

This kid wouldnt make ugas scout team, but you tickle pilers go ahead and cream over him anyway.

Columdumdawg

August 3rd, 2009
11:06 pm

i am exactly the kind of retard that gives the redneck halfway house in athens a bad name

Toot of the Whistle

August 3rd, 2009
11:23 pm

Eat your hearts out you nose pickin’, trailer dwellin’, snuff dippin’, meth cookin’, sidewalkin’ doggie fans.

Cephus

August 4th, 2009
12:42 am

I never came across the words tickle pile until I started reading the posts from UGA fans. You guys seem to know alot about these tickle piles.

JACKETfan

August 4th, 2009
1:47 am

I know most if not all recruits dont read these comments, but Anthony, if you happen to read this, you made a fine choice for a school. Im sure you have been told not to listen to the childish comments that fans make… and you can see why. GT has great academics and is a fine program that is gonna be a hot team for years to come with a great coaching staff. Great choice. It also says you have strong faith… thats great. God is awesome, and I hope that he lead you to this decision. Can’t wait to see you on the field. GO JACKETS!

Cuttysark

August 4th, 2009
6:47 am

What a shame that individuals have to go on these blogs and talk crap about a hard working high school student who was able to fulfill a dream and earn an athletic scholarship to a major college. Hopefully this nonsense will stop. Welcome to the flats Anthony! Great choice for not only football, but for obtaining a degree that will help you for the rest of your life. Go to isportsweb.com to read more posts on Georgia Tech Football. A great recruiting class for Paul Johnson.

NEGACommunityCollege

August 4th, 2009
6:58 am

Anthony wanted to actually receive a great education v. the dumbed-down one offered at Athens’ super-sized Cow College. He also knows that uga will never win a measely 2nd MNC without Crazy Herschel on the take.

reebok

August 4th, 2009
7:21 am

Great job on the recruiting, and welcome to the Flats, young man!

naganole

August 4th, 2009
7:25 am

I’m shocked. He actually chose GT? I wonder who was that handsome prognosticator that told everyone it would happen in the previous thread? That’s right, me! lol

BLAZER

August 4th, 2009
8:12 am

welcome to THE FLATS where our scout team players beat their 5 stars 45-42~!

Braindawg

August 4th, 2009
8:21 am

He has no idea, he wont win a game against UGA, wont win a conf. title, and wont get to play in a BCS game! Its funny, cause all these Tech fans will say yeah we’re great but the facts are facts GT sucks and always will. But atlast the season is going to be starting soon, and the debate will be settled on the field! And all UGA fans will sit back and laugh at GT. The kid will more than likely change his mind and sign with FSU, after watching GT fall apart this year! Oh look at the Tech fans, thats smoke coming out of their ears. Its so fun to play with their heads, their like little kids……What a bunch of dumb A$$’s!!!! LATER LOSERS~

Bruno

August 4th, 2009
8:29 am

OMG! I love tickle piles! I had no idea they were even available in the south. Thank you Georgia Tech! You make my dream cum true!

sherry

August 4th, 2009
8:44 am

Hate, Tech, but wish you well. I am sure you will make Union Grove High School Proud!!!!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 4th, 2009
9:05 am

I love men!!!

Boss Hogg

August 4th, 2009
9:33 am

Braindawg: It is evident you are bummed because you didn’t get to spoon Loran @ the inbred club, err, UGA club meeting last week. For the rest of the classless UGA fans let me save you the time on your posts. “We didn’t want him” “We have 3 5 star players in the wings”
“We are loaded at that position”

air conditioned gypsy

August 4th, 2009
9:37 am

It’s good to be a Tech fan boys.We got a real coach,we play tackle football and we beat UGA and it’s driving the idiot dog fans crazy.Not all the dog fans mind you,only the idiot patrol who show up on here and say a bunch of stupid crap that makes no sense.Bad news Gomer,we’re just gettin started.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 4th, 2009
9:42 am

***** Free Terrorist Tech ticket with proof of immediate ties with any of the Bin Ladens!!! *****

Hairy Dawg

August 4th, 2009
9:42 am

Congradulations! I wish the best of luck. Hate the kid s not going to UGA but, glad he stayed in state. GO DAWGS!

Gerald Ball

August 4th, 2009
10:08 am

The discrepancy between Rivals and Scout on this guy is not trivial. They both have him 6′4″, but Scout.com has him 230 lbs., 4.9 40. As a result, they have him as the #56 rated DE in the country. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Meanwhile, Rivals has him 235 lbs and a 4.8 40. Not much difference on the weight (although it certainly helps) but the difference between a 4.9 and a 4.8 in the 40 is huge when you are talking about a DE prospect.

Consequently, Rivals has him as the #19 DE in the country. As Scout.com only has 5 offers listed where Rivals has 12, I am going to consider Rivals to be closer to the truth but still a bit high. LSU wanted Williams which means that he is likely better than #56, but UGA and Florida didn’t which means that he is likely not as good as #19.

Comparing him to the UGA DEs is curious. B.J. Butler is the #26 DE and a 3 star, but is bigger (240) and much faster (4.65 40) and plays for that powerhouse Kissimmee, Florida program. Similar is true for Brandon Burrows: bigger (240), faster (4.7) and plays for Marietta Walton. The other UGA DEs – Jalen Fields, Dexter Morant and T.J. Stripling – are higher rated.

So, I can see UGA fans claiming that Williams doesn’t have as much upside as their group. However, Tech did get them a quality player that has a good shot at playing time in the ACC as early as his sophomore year. The “south of 285 suburbs” pipeline to Georgia Tech continues …

Gerald Ball

August 4th, 2009
10:17 am

Hairy Dawg:

It does not appear that UGA offered this kid. UGA has reached the point where they no longer need to so much as offer all of the 4 star in-state prospects. Good for them, but they need to start translating all that recruiting success into winning big games. Their biggest victory since knocking JaMarcus Russell out of the SEC title game during LSU’s first drive in 2005 (a drive in which Russell marched them right into scoring position) was probably against Hawai’i.

air conditioned gypsy

August 4th, 2009
10:46 am

Gerald,,you have got to be a cpa to crunch numbers like that.Everybody needs big fast guys but what you do with em after they arrive on campus is waaaayyyy more important that how many “stars” Jamie Newberg gave them.Whats Jamie’s won-loss record by the way ?

juvenal

August 4th, 2009
10:52 am

who knows what these stars really mean, but note all CPJ’s kids so far are at least a 3

Hal Wilson

August 4th, 2009
12:08 pm

Gerald,
Perhaps you can explain why T.J. Stripling wasn’t even ranked in the Top 250 yet when he committed to UGa, he jumped in the Top 40. Maybe # of subscribers equates to the # of stars and a higher ranking? Those numbers you speak of are a joke. Recall that Jasper Sanks was a 5 star, top 5 RB in the nation. How’d that one work out?

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 4th, 2009
12:52 pm

Welcome young man! Thank you for trusting your immediate future to Georgia Tech. You sound like a wonderful example of what a student-athlete should be. I wish all great success for you.

Go Jackets!!

Gerald Ball

August 4th, 2009
2:21 pm

Hal Wilson:

Recruiting numbers are not a joke. There is a strong correlation between success on signing day and success on the football field. Teams like West Virginia and Virginia Tech that win BCS bowls without signing very many elite prospects are the exception, just like programs who get top classes year after year and are still mediocre like Notre Dame. Jasper Sanks may have been a bust, but Knowshon Moreno, Matt Stafford and A.J. Green certainly weren’t. Neither were Marcus Stroud, Richard Seymour, Charles Grant, Hines Ward, Champ and Boss Bailey, or Musa Smith. Neither were the big time recruits that helped Alabama go from 6-6 to 12-2 last season. Look at the Florida Gators: Chris Leak, Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow = 2 national titles in 3 years.

Georgia Tech: more of the same. Jonathan Dwyer was a big time recruit and so was Calvin Johnson. Meanwhile Reggie Ball: two stars. You figure it out. I personally would be happier were Georgia Tech to figure out how to get it done with lesser talent like Virginia Tech and West Virginia do and the way Nebraska used to under Tom Osborne. But if Tech can get their share of 4 star players plus the occasional 5 star recruit, that would be nice too.

BIG BEE

August 4th, 2009
3:50 pm

DAWGSTYLE, or is it GOATSTYLE, or SHEEPSTYLE, or just NOBRAIN. You are such an IDIOT, but it is a pleasure to see some of the UGA fans seem to care about the young man, respect his decisions and wish him well.

dawgystyle

August 4th, 2009
3:59 pm

I am trying to help the man out. I hate seeing people throw away the chance to go to a school that has beautiful women running wild all over the campus in order to hang out with a bunch of guys whos names he cant even pronounce. Unless that is the whole secret to being a tech fan- you truly enjoy spending so much time with other guys??? Makes you wonder. Now give me your lunch money NERD!

Americus Fan

August 4th, 2009
11:34 pm

I liked the fact that he touted several of his teamates in the interview — hoping that they would get a shot at a scholarship of their choice. I’m proud he’s a Jacket, but I’m probably more proud that he thinks of his teamates.

Welcome to Tech, Anthony.

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