Stanley Williams, one of the state’s top prospects for next year, told the AJC this week that’s he’s “90-percent committed” to UGA but also said that he is unsure if he will end up signing with the Bulldogs in February 2014.
The 5-foot-9, 192-pound Williams is a junior tailback from George Walton Academy. He was offered the summer after his freshman year of high school at Dawg Night prospect camp – and committed on the spot.
Will he sign with UGA? “I’m not sure yet about that,” Williams said. “Of course, it’s getting close. It’s coming down to crunch time and it’s time for me to focus on which schools do I really want to attend. Who knows? I’m not sure yet. I just want to take a closer look and see what the best option is for me.”
Williams has attended games this season at UGA, Clemson, South Carolina and Florida. He plans to check out games at both Auburn and Alabama. He has also heard from Notre Dame and LSU, and talked with Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart over Facebook the other day.
“My interest in Alabama is really high,” Williams said. “They produce good players. I want to go over there and talk with some of the coaches and players. I want to get to know everybody there since there’s a chance I could be going to play at Alabama.”
What position is Williams being recruited by Alabama? “Now that’s an interesting question,” he said. “They told me if I went there, they would probably open up the offense a little more and put me at the slot and running back. They would put me at a lot of different positions so that teams couldn’t just focus on me playing one position each week.”
What about UGA? Williams said he “hasn’t talked in a while” to the coaches but remains committed to the Bulldogs. “Yes sir, I’d say I’m about 90-percent committed. I’m still a Dawg but I’m still looking at other places. And, you know, I’m letting schools know I’m open, and they have a chance of me playing college football for their team.”
Even though being “open” and de-committed sounds like the same thing from Williams, he insists he is pledged to UGA. “Even though I am committed, I still want to go around, talk to other schools and see if I fit in well there. I’m still thinking things through. A lot of schools are giving me things to think about. There is a chance of me playing elsewhere than UGA. There’s definitely a chance that I will be playing somewhere in different colors.”
This season, Williams has rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, despite being hindered the last four games with an ankle injury. Williams transferred from Apalachee High School to the private school after his sophomore season.
“He has had a good season; he can make the big play every time he touches the ball,” George Walton coach Don Williams said. “He has got great speed and great quickness, and he’s got real good vision.”
Williams said he hasn’t seen any UGA coaches at his team’s games, but that he talks frequently with Bulldogs assistant Bryan McClendon.
UGA has already lost four commitments in recent months, and may be in danger with WR Tramel Terry, who has already committed twice to the Bulldogs and may decide for a third time after taking an official visit recently to Clemson. What’s the latest? His high school coach, former Clemson assistant Chuck Reedy, told Palmetto Sports that Terry is thinking seriously about Clemson. “Clemson has been recruiting him real hard and he’s giving it some though, but he has not said anything to me about wanting to change his commitment.”
INSTANT HELP AT KICKER? Brice Ramsey is UGA’s QB of the future, but he could see a more immediate role with the Bulldogs next year at kicker. Ramsey, who kicked a 57-yard field goal last year as a junior at Camden County High School, told DawgNation’s Kipp Adams that he is willing to “come in early and work my butt off to get on the field, whether it is at quarterback, kicking or punting.” UGA freshman Marshall Morgan has struggled mightily this season, missing three extra points and having another one blocked. He’s also had three extra points carom through off the uprights.
UGA’s NO. 1 JC TARGET: A lot of the perception of UGA’s overall 2013 recruiting efforts will be based on Toby Johnson, the former Banneker High School standout who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 prospect out of the junior college ranks by 247sports.com. Johnson has already taken an official visit to Oklahoma and scheduled another one for UGA in mid-December. He also told UGASports.com’s Jake Rowe that he will also tour Tennessee “for sure.” Tennessee may have inside position because the Volunteers hired one of Johnson’s former coaches, signed his roommate from last year (Cordarrelle Patterson) and have a commitment from his roommate this year (Ben Bradley). But Johnson has denied he’s part of the alleged “package deal.” Johnson’s other visits may be to Miami or Florida, and Ole Miss or Mississippi State, or Nebraska.
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN UGA AND DEMARCUS? What’s really interesting is that UGA has four commitments at wide receiver, but never really pursued the kid who is considered by many to be the state’s best at the position — Demarcus Robinson of Peach County High School. What’s even more interesting is that UGA was in early on Robinson. “That is correct; Georgia offered Demarcus as a sophomore, as did Florida,” Peach County coach Chad Campbell said. “Georgia was one of the first ones to offer. I don’t know what happened with Georgia and Demarcus. I don’t know.” UGASports reported that the Bulldogs “have shown very little interest in the talented wide out despite their need for playmakers at the position.” Robinson is currently a “soft commit” to Clemson, with Florida and Notre Dame as top contenders. Meanwhile, three of four of UGA’s commits are from out of state, including Tramel Terry, who is threat to switch his commitment – ironically – to Clemson.
UPDATE: Rashard Fant, a WR-DB from Our Lady of Mercy, said he committed to Indiana over FSU, Western Kentucky and Utah on Wednesday. “I committed to Indiana because it just felt right. I had a great relationship with the coaches and the players, and the school was just the right fit for me.”
WE’RE LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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