Stanley Williams: UGA RB recruit is “90-percent committed”

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.

UGA's Mark Richt has lost a few recruits recently but the overall class is still looking strong (AP)

UGA's Mark Richt has lost a few recruits recently but the overall class is still looking strong (AP)

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.”

UGA RB commit Stanley Williams:

UGA RB commit Stanley Williams: "I’m about 90-percent committed. I’m still a Dawg but I’m still looking at other places." (247sports)

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 No. 1 WR Demarcus Robinson? (US Army All-America Bowl)

What happened between UGA and No. 1 WR Demarcus Robinson? (US Army All-America Bowl)

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.”

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Nhgamecock

October 24th, 2012
1:12 am

Wow 2014 tb why not wait until next year to start talking about him. Seems like he want to attend Bama. Well I’m tired of this Tt guy he needs to get his head on straight I heard he enrolling in jan?

Dawg ATL

October 24th, 2012
1:12 am

I’d prefer to see Tramel Terry go to another school. He’s a drama queen. We don’t need him. He’s a running back anyways. He’s too slow to be wide receiver in the SEC. He’s already committed twice to us. On the third one, go to Clemson or somewhere else with your circus act.

JRW7

October 24th, 2012
1:13 am

How can you be committed to one team and visit another team?

Columbus

October 24th, 2012
1:14 am

Newsflash: 90% committed is NOT a committment. A committment is 100% and absolute and is non-changing. This kid is not committed to UGA or anybody.

Like marriage. Committment doesnt mean much anymore. Committment is non-wavering through thick and thin, no matter how hard things get, no matter if you have second thoughts. Committment is your word, your covenant. People have forgotten what that means over the last 40 years and it has steadily became to this point. At its worst. This trend needs to be reversed ASAP…

They always said all you have is your word and good name….most peoples arent too good anymore

Stephen

October 24th, 2012
3:06 am

The sky is falling.

Mountain Dawg

October 24th, 2012
3:45 am

Spot on, Columbus!

1970 Dawg

October 24th, 2012
5:18 am

Williams sounds like he wouldn’t know commitment if it bit him in the rear. Interesting comments by him. 90% committed but still “open”? He also “hasn’t talked to UGA coaches in a while” but he “talks frequently with Bulldogs asst Bryan McClendon”. Seems like he talks a lot out of both sides of his mouth.

Northwoods Dawg

October 24th, 2012
5:32 am

Do us all a favor. Eliminate a lot of the “commitment” drama in college football by using an early signing period. The worst thing that could come from an early signing period would be the fact MC might have to find additional work from a gossip magazine.

Northwoods Dawg

October 24th, 2012
5:34 am

Eliminate a lot of the “commitment” drama in college football by using an early signing period. The worst thing that could come from an early signing period would be the fact MC might have to find additional work from a gossip magazine.

RedandBlackDAWG

October 24th, 2012
6:18 am

We are talking almost 2 years until the kid will play for anybody. I think he wasn’t exactly smart to make a promise that early in his life and I think it is a shame that schools have to offer kids, in this competitive arena a scholarship that early even. He could end up getting a major injury and never play college football. He may not qualify academically. I think the NCAA needs to implement a rule whereas the college can not offer a kid until at least after he completes his junior year in high school. By the time some of these kids are juniors, they have way too big of a head, not to mention, way too high an opinion of themselves and I wonder how much time they are even devoting to their studies at all.

Robert

October 24th, 2012
6:28 am

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TIDE ROLL

October 24th, 2012
6:53 am

Ramsey is “UGA’s QB of the future” That’s what kills me about Richt and Booboo. Their minds were made up before the start of this year’s football season. It doesn’t matter what ANTHONY JENNINGS does on the field as a Senior. It doesn’t matter. Booboo and Richt have decided. It’s Ramsey, and we’re not going to let anyone’s performance, including Jennings’, change our minds. For example, Jennings and Ramsey went head to head in the Elite 11 regionals. Jennings won the damn thing, while Ramsey didn’t place in the finals. That doesn’t matter, our minds are made up. Newnan’s head coach has been quoted as saying: “IF THERE’S QUARTERBACK IN THE STATE BETTER THAN ANTHONY JENNINGS, WE DON’T WANT TO FACE HIM.” We’re going to ignore that comment. Don’t you get it, it’s not about what’s best for UGA, it’s about what Richt and Booboo and especially the Athletic Board and you, the backward thinking fan base, prefers. And that’s Ramsey over Jennings. Les Miles feels Jennings is one of the top dual threat QB(s) in the Country, loves his downfield passing game, and his ability to keep plays alive. . But, none of this matters for Richt and Booboo. Their mind’s are made up. There’s nothing on or off the field that Jennings can do that will change that. You see DAWG fans, the decision is not based on performance. It never has been at good OLD UGA. It’s based on…..well, you all know what it’s based on. Your just to scared to come out with it.Scared to own up to it. Aren’t you. 32 years. 32 friggin years. And rightfully so.

The Grinch

October 24th, 2012
7:00 am

TIDE ROLL
October 24th, 2012
6:53 am

So if you’re a Mulligan U fan, as your name would suggest, then why are you ticked about UGA not recruiting a certain QB?

hogmtndawg

October 24th, 2012
7:24 am

TIDE ROLL, Who gives a flip about what Les Miles (or you) feels about a QB? The only one that LSU has had worth a crap he inherited. And why hasn’t your boy locked Jennings up?

The Antiricht

October 24th, 2012
7:33 am

“Yes sir, I’d say I’m about 90-percent committed. I’m still a Dawg
but I’m still looking at other places”.
_________________________________________________________

RAWNG!

You sir are not a dawg until you sign on the dotted line.
None of them are.
From reading the article, I’m kinda getting a feeling why his
recruitment has cooled. Can ya feel me?

You sir, just think you are holding down a spot until something
better comes along.

Go away!

McDawg

October 24th, 2012
7:38 am

2014 ????? can’t lose something you never had

RHall55

October 24th, 2012
7:58 am

Same old story….was arrests…then transfers…then suspensions…now de-commits….tired of this “Groundhog Coaching Staff”!!!

RNB

October 24th, 2012
8:07 am

More confirmation this coaching staff has no energy and is stale. The shelf life for this staff is over. Make a change now. If you hire Kirby Smart he could bring energy to a stale program.

tell the truth

October 24th, 2012
8:24 am

You can’t lose what you never had.

Dawggie

October 24th, 2012
8:27 am

@ Tide Roll, LSU vs UGA postion comparison over the last 7-8 years would favor LSU at all positions EXCEPT QB!! I challenge you, what other SEC school produces better QB play than UGA?

Lets agree to follow Richt on the QB selection ESPECIALLY over MILES!!!

nate from detroit

October 24th, 2012
8:37 am

I used to feel sorry for these players that get an offer and then at the last minute the offer is pulled by the school because someone better comes along. These kids do the same thing to the schools. Here is a novel idea, don’t commit until you are sure about which school you want to go to.
An early signing period like they have in basketball might alleviate some of the flip-flopping and indecision or limit the number of offers a school can throw out, but this 90% committed or I’m committed to them right now but I’m still open crap is getting ridiculous.

Chi Town

October 24th, 2012
8:38 am

Saban gets what Saban wants.

Dawg

October 24th, 2012
8:59 am

Still looking for good Tunsil. Nothing changed on his recent 2 visits to UF

Dawg Tired

October 24th, 2012
9:03 am

He’s gone. 90% committed = not committed.

BamaDan

October 24th, 2012
9:05 am

Smart kid. Go to Alabama where they play hard nose football. Not a soft serve icecream cone program like UGA.

Truth

October 24th, 2012
9:11 am

If he had any sense he would go to FSU

Tide Roll's Tutor

October 24th, 2012
9:22 am

Against my advice, you have hopped back on these blogs with the same old same old and are already being carved up like a Thanksgiving Turkey by perceptive posters like the Grinch and hogmtndog. Don’t say you have not been warned. I told you this would happen a number of times and you won’t listen. Prepare for more well-deserved brickbats to come your way. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight and expect anything else.

No worries about 2014 running backs

October 24th, 2012
9:26 am

Nick Chubb and Sony Michels are great possibilities for the Dogs.

Paddy

October 24th, 2012
9:31 am

Truth……if he had any sense he would go to FSU, but if he was smart, he would go to UGA!

SimpleDawg

October 24th, 2012
9:32 am

Little dude sees all the RB talent at UGA. He may be looking for home that’s not quite so crowded.

cmac

October 24th, 2012
9:39 am

When is somebody going to look up the word commitment and see that is really does not apply to the recruiting process? NOBODY is committed until they sign the scholarship papers, fax it in & it is confirmed!

Henne

October 24th, 2012
9:45 am

Why don’t they have the backup kick the PATs?

CF

October 24th, 2012
10:09 am

UGA losing recruits to the West Georgia Fire Ants.

NC Dawg

October 24th, 2012
10:14 am

Somehow, “90%” and “committed” don’t seem to jive, in my world.

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 24th, 2012
10:22 am

1st of all recruiting high school freshmen and sophomores should be banned. They are to young to be under this pressure and are to easily influenced. Heaping all that attention on them at that age gives them the attitude that we now see with Nkemdiche, etc. Stick with recruiting juniors and seniors but keep the younger ones off limits.

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 24th, 2012
10:23 am

I expect Williams will end up at WR if he can catch the ball. He would get killed at RB.

Delbert D.

October 24th, 2012
10:51 am

@8:20a.m. “I can’t believe the AJC would run a story like this,it’s very negative for the Ga. program,it has’t happened yet and does anyboby believe a player in the 11th grade is actually 100% committed to a team.This story is crap and a waste of time”

I am under the impression that this is actual reporting and not a University of Georgia fan blog. I guess Carvell’s actual quotes from the potential recruits could be fact checked, but I don’t think it is likely that they are made up.

Dabo

October 24th, 2012
10:53 am

WE RAID THIS STATE!

kaplooey

October 24th, 2012
10:54 am

FIRE GARNER!

gg

October 24th, 2012
10:59 am

We need to do away with the notion of “commitment” in college football. Most players have no idea what the word means, and the schools aren’t a whole lot better. The players think it’s a reservation they can hold onto to assure them of a place to stay while they go shopping for a better place to stay. It’s a joke! Blame it on our culture. Pathetic!

deebow

October 24th, 2012
11:12 am

I think we will continue to see the recruiting landscape change in the future.How someone in one sentence can say they have a Verbal Commitment and ” still keepinn’ things open, anyone can get me” is absolutely ridiculous. I know they are young men but your word is your word. With coaches trying to scramble and fill classes with the appropriate personnel , a verbal commitment goes a long way in that process. An early signing period would change all of that

deebow

October 24th, 2012
11:14 am

its like staying commited to your girlfriend until a hotter one comes along

drew

October 24th, 2012
11:29 am

Ya know, many years ago these kids were not treated as celebraties…but the news media has gone bonkers over every little thing and it gives these kids an ego…and power. You play a dang game – get over yourself.

New Nat Turner

October 24th, 2012
11:47 am

Please fire Coach Richt. he is in over his head and cannot coach a major program. I think he would do a nice job at a lower division school or a religious based school. Please clean house Mr. AD. Please.

Mandrell Dawg

October 24th, 2012
11:51 am

People please get a grip. These are still kids, regardless of how fast they run or how huge they are. Unless I’m mistaken, attention span is not a strong point for teenagers, especially those who are not yet Juniors in high school. Of course the kid is interested in Bama, who in their right mind wouldn’t? The most you can ask from your favorite school is that they let the kid know (often,you know, because of that attention span thing) that your universtiy is the best fit for him

Bama in Atlanta

October 24th, 2012
11:54 am

Like Mr. Myagi said, “you’re either karate YES or karate NO….there is no karate THINK SO”.

Being committed is either a yes or no, not a scale of percentages. If he means that he is 90% certain that he will sign with the dawgs then that’s fine but if I told my wife that I was 90% committed to the marriage then 100% of my a@@ would be out on the curb!

gdawginp'cola

October 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

I really don’t care where any of these kids go to college and play football as long as that is really where they want to go. But don’t they realize that almost every school (or coach) will tell them what they want to hear? And that may not mean anything once the young man is signed?

Northside Dawg

October 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

Maybe if Tramel Terry switches to Clemson, Demarcus Robinson will switch to UGA?

rural dawg

October 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

90% committed?….that’s more than mark richt

JB

October 24th, 2012
12:43 pm

With Gurley and Marshall as true freshman, why don’t we find one tough son of a gun 3 star who wants to be a dawg in the class, and then sign 3 additional big lineman to develop. A massive, big deep line will then make 3 stars look like 5 star. Think about it.