Having coached two of the better linebackers in the NFL, the Bengals' Takeo
Spikes and the Titans' Randall Godfrey, Sammy Williams knows a thing or two
about the position.
That's why the West Laurens coach doesn't hesitate to
Alexander Williams as one of the top linebackers in Georgia this season
and a tremendous national prospect.
"He's a very explosive linebacker," he said. "He can
turn his hips and really run. He's a sideline-to-sideline type of player."
Williams (6-0, 215, 4.45) will be entering his fourth year as a starter at
middle linebacker. He earned Class 3A all-state honors as a junior after
recording 116 tackles and five sacks. His combination of athleticism and
strength (320 bench, 460 squat) has already drawn offers from Florida and LSU,
as well as strong interest from Georgia, Clemson and Georgia Tech.
"Those are my top five right now," Williams said. "Georgia is probably the
main one. I like their program a lot. I've visited up there and really like the
facilities, especially the weight program. It's the best out of all of them I'm
looking at. Plus, it's close to home. I like that."
The Gators and Tigers are running a close second to the Bulldogs.
"With Florida, it's just the name that really gets your attention," he said.
"It's a big school that almost everybody want to go to. They're always in the
running for a championship.
"LSU is the school that has showed me interest before anyone else. They were
the first to offer, so I'll remember that."
Williams says he's got friends at both Clemson and Georgia Tech, and likes
what he has seen in letters and brochures from those two programs.
The recruiting process is something of a new experience for Williams, who
admitted he did not grow up a big fan of college football. He simply loves
playing sports more than watching, as evidenced by being a four-year starter in
basketball and an outstanding performer on the West Laurens track and field
"To tell you the truth, I really don't have any favorite schools or anything
like that," he said. "I didn't watch much college football growing up. I was
more of a basketball fan, so I'm just now learning about some of these schools."
On the field, however, he's been a fast learner. He described his style as
"aggressive" and "non-stop."
"I'm a little undersized to be playing middle linebacker, so I have to be a
lot stronger and tougher than the other players," he said. "I love the contact,
love being the aggressor."