PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Eddie Williams and his Panama City (Fla.) Arnold teammates came up short to Pace (Fla.), 54-28 on Thursday, but the four-star safety made a variety of highlights that exhibited his versatility and ability to change a game in one play.
During the game, Williams was used as a quarterback, safety, and kick returner despite dealing with a severe shoulder injury. On the evening, Williams rushed for 69 yards but the highlight was a 77-yard scamper for a touchdown where he beat the Pace defense to the edge. He also ran for two two-point conversions. He was only 4-for-13 passing, for 40 yards, but threw a nine-yard touchdown. On defense, in addition to registering numerous tackles, he scooped up a Pace fumble and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown.
Despite the Rivals100 prospect being amongst the nation's best players, he said his phone was eerily quiet on Thursday - the first day college coaches could call prospects.
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"I think other schools have given up," Williams said. "I made it clear to them that I am going to Alabama."
Williams is completely devoted to taking his services to Tuscaloosa to play for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
"I am really confident in Alabama," Williams said. "I am just ready to get there."
The 6-foot-4, 204-pound prospect said there were a variety of reasons why he knew over a year ago that Alabama was the right place for him to play his college football.
"Everything I was looking for, Alabama had," Williams said. "I was really looking at academics and they have a great academic program. Everything else just fell in line, from the coaches, to the players, to the workouts, everything there played out well."
Williams, who expects to enroll at Alabama next summer, said that he expects he will begin his career in the defensive backfield.
"It still looks like I will start out as a strong safety," Williams said. "They know I can play another position, like receiver or something else. When we get up there, we will see how it goes. I feel real good that I can fit in there at the strong safety spot."
The Sunshine State prospect, ranked No. 23 in the current Rivals100, has yet to schedule his official visit to Alabama.