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Andrew Williams talks summer visits

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McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing Christian Academy defensive end Andrew Williams has been a fast-riser in recruiting circles this summer.
"I camped at Georgia, FSU, Clemson, and have been getting offers," Williams said on Wednesday. "Clemson, FSU, Boston College, Missouri, Syracuse, Florida, FSU, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, Duke, those schools have offered."
It is still early in the process for the Peach State defender, so he is keeping things even. However, a few schools seem to be heavily involved at this point.
"I don't have any favorites right now, but the schools I've visited and I've talked to a lot are Florida, Clemson, and Alabama," he said.
The athletic lineman went into some detail about each of those programs:
Florida: "It was really great. Me and Coach (Derek) Lewis have been talking all summer basically and he has been keeping up with me. It was a great experience. I think I was one of the two rising juniors that played d-line. It was great competition. I got MVP for pass rush and that was cool. They have a great staff, with Coach (Will) Muschamp. We talked for a good thirty minutes. It was great just getting to know all the players and see the d-line and how they interact. The weight room staff, they're great, they're motivational."
Clemson: "It was great. Coach (Marion) Hobby, he just keeps up with me. The camp was good. I just camped there for one day. It was a great experience going up against some of the recruits and getting to work with Coach Hobby and seeing Sammy Watkins and some of the other guys."
Alabama: "I didn't get to camp, but I'm going to the opening game. Their coach keeps up with me a lot and sends me letters. I'm just waiting for the offer now. They told me I have one, I just have to wait to get the written. The defensive coordinator, I really like him a lot and the way he runs their program. I just like how they operate with each other. They're doing something right, obviously. They said it depends on how big I get, but I could easily play outside linebacker because of my speed."
This fall, Williams will hit the road again and see several schools square off on the gridiron.
"I plan on visiting Notre Dame with my teammate, Isaac Rochell and basically trips every other Saturday," he said. "I'll also visit for my big brother's games sometimes. I might as well make the best of it."
The big brother Williams is referring to is Georgia Tech redshirt sophomore Anthony Williams. The younger of the two was asked if his brother being in Atlanta would have any sort of effect on his recruitment.
"It's not a big factor. A lot of people assume that since my older brother is playing, they obviously have the lead. That's not it at all. I would love to play against him or with him. It doesn't matter. ACC, SEC, Big Ten, it doesn't really matter where I play."
With several quality offers already to his credit, it is easy to see why college coaches have seen the potential that Williams brings to the table. He gave his thoughts on what tools he has to be successful at the next level.
"Obviously, my speed, my pass rush. I have great hands, great speed, and size. I feel like I can add more weight to my frame. I'm at 237 right now. I want to play at like 245 and still keep my speed."
While Williams is planning on taking his time making a decision, he does know what he hopes to find in a program.
"What I look for in a school is the camaraderie, the family, and how they operate with each other. I want to see if the players work well with the coaches and how the players deal with each other. I go to a Christian school, so also the Christian part of it and if they have that foundation. The weight room and strength and conditioning are a big part of it, too. I'll most likely make my decision end of junior year probably or early senior year."
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