Ruston, La. defensive tackle Kyle Williams just returned from his official visit to Tennessee minutes ago. So what did he think about Rocky Top?
“I liked it up there a whole lot,” Williams said.
“I went out with Robert (Peace) and the team after the win. It was a great game and I just had a great time up there. It’s a great place.”
Peace, now a middle linebacker at Tennessee after signing with the Vols two years ago, played his high school football also at Ruston. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Williams played varsity as a freshman meaning he had two years playing alongside Peace.
“Robert’s a very good friend of mine," he said. "He’s somebody I trust and he told me he really likes it up there.”
Although it was apparent from the tone in his voice how much Williams himself liked his Knoxville visit, he said he still plans to take all of his visits.
Next up on the agenda is LSU, a date that has now been pushed up to this upcoming weekend (Oct. 5). The Tigers and the Vols are considered the primary competition for Williams’ signature.
The visit to Tennessee coincided with the same weekend where the Vols defeated LSU 26-18.
But other schools are also courting him.
A Nebraska official visit is slated for Oct. 19. Williams said Auburn and Florida are the other two schools he hopes to visit. All of the schools involved have offered scholarships.
“You know, it’s kind of tough,” he said of his need to eventually make a college choice. “I’m kind of in the same spot that I was before I went up there. Tennessee and LSU are still my top two schools, except know I know why I really liked Tennessee a whole bunch.”
Much like a heavyweight bout, the recruiting battle is heating up. It will have many tucks and turns. But Tennessee has struck first. Give Round One to the Volunteers.
Next week, LSU gets its chance to impress the blue chip prospect.