Florida continued to find recruiting success in Metro Atlanta on Wednesday when it landed a commitment from one of the state’s best players.
Quinteze Williams, a two-way lineman for Class AAA state champion Sandy Creek in Tyrone, committed to the Gators around lunchtime on Monday. Williams picked the Gators from an offer sheet that included more than a dozen schools, including Georgia and Georgia Tech. He was rapidly developing into one of the most sought-after prospects in the metro area.
“We just liked it,” Ellis Williams, Quinteze’s father, said of choosing Florida. “We feel like the atmosphere there is right for him. We liked the schemes and feel like the staff down there is just unmatched. [Sandy Creek] Coach [Chip] Walker has had a long relationship with Coach [Will] Muschamp. He says he’s a great guy and recommended him as a person who could guide my son as far as becoming a man and a great football player.”
Willams (6-4.5, 254) was recruited by the Gators to play defensive end. He has also received recruiting interest as an offensive tackle and a defensive tackle. Analysts at the Atlanta MVP Camp in Hampton this past weekend raved about Williams’ abilities as a blocker.
As for the early decision Mr. Williams said he and his son, “wanted to go ahead and get [recruiting] over with so Quinteze can focus on what he needs to.” He said the plan is for Quinteze to graduate early and enter Florida as a midyear enrollee.
There also was the matter of making sure Quinteze had a spot on the Gators’ roster.
Originally, the Williams had planned on committing in person this weekend when they travel to Gainesville for a visit. But after attending the MVP Camp at Lovejoy this past Saturday and hearing of all the offers Florida had extended, they decided they probably shouldn’t wait and stand a chance of losing out on the opportunity.
“I wanted to secure my spot before another defensive end because it’s a school I really wanted to go to,” Williams said. “I really hit it off with Coach T-Rob (assistant coach Travaris Robinson). And Coach Muschamp is from Rome, Ga., and he’s a good friend of my coach. That kind of influenced me because I know how I feel about Coach Walker and he gave me the scoop on how Coach Muschamp coaches and what type of fellow he is. So that made me feel good about it.”
Williams also seriously considered Auburn and Tennessee. As for the two in-state universities, Ellis Williams said his son did not feel as wanted by them as they did by Florida and some other programs.
“Georgia Tech, they offered, but it was just an offer, you know?,” Mr. Williams said. “They never really showed a lot of interest beyond that. Georgia approached us early on but they wanted him as an offensive lineman. They recently came forth with an offer as a defensive lineman, a couple of weeks ago. But they didn’t really show a lot of interest either and we were already leaning another way at that point.
“At the end of the day, you like who likes you.”
Early on in the recruiting process it looked like Williams may be headed to The Plains to play for Auburn. “But Tracy Rocker leaving was a big loss for them,” Mr. Williams said.
Florida is hitting the metro area hard this under Muschamp, a Georgia native and UGA graduate. Williams is the third Peach state commitment for the Gators’ 2012 recruiting class. They did not sign a single player from the state this past February.
Williams doesn’t know about all that or care. He’s just glad to know he’s going to be a Gator.
“It’s kind of a release and a happy feeling,” said Williams, who will visit Florida again this weekend and the next for the spring game. “I’m relieved because this recruiting thing is finally going to be coming to an end before the start of my senior. And I’m just happy because I know I have a place where I know I want to spend the next four years of my life. I think I made a good decxision.
By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog