Mike Williams, the talented wide receiver from Tampa’s Plant High School, could think of only one word to describe his weekend trip to Los Angeles to visit USC and take in the USC-UCLA game.
“Awesome,” Williams said of his visit with the Trojans. “It was just plain awesome. There’s really no other word I could say.”
Williams just weeks ago was on the cusp of officially committing to Florida, but he says the visit to USC showed him first-hand why he thought it would be better to wait to make a college decision until after he had taken all of his official visits.
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“This visit just shows me how open I am. I mean, I couldn’t think of having a better visit. On a scale of 1 to 10, it was an 11. I didn’t want to leave and neither did my mom and dad.”
Williams, who is 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, is also considering Florida, Alabama, Purdue, Virginia and North Carolina.
He has scheduled official visits to Virginia for Nov. 30, to Purdue for Dec. 7 and to North Carolina for Jan. 11. He says he’s definitely going to visit both Florida and Alabama, which means that he will cancel a visit to either Virginia or North Carolina to make room for both the Gators and Crimson Tide.
“I know I’m going to go up to Purdue with my friend (Keron Gordon). We’re also supposed to go to North Carolina together, but I’m not sure if I’m going on that trip instead of the Virginia one or what.”
Williams’ tie to USC is unique.
The quarterback at Tampa Plant is Steven Reaves, the son of former pro and Florida Gator quarterback John Reaves. Reaves’ brother-in-law is USC assistant coach Lane Kiffin.
“L.A. was a lot like Tampa, except there were just a lot more people and a lot more things to do.”
Williams was hosted by Trojan tight end Alex Holmes on his official visit.