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SEC powers jockey for Georgia LB

Dublin (Ga.) linebacker
Alexander Williams has narrowed
his list down a bit and done some reorganizing at the top.
"I'm going to see the Georgia-Tennessee game this
weekend," said the West Laurens standout, a member of the Rivals.com
Georgia
Top 50 team and the No. 22 inside linebacker in the nation.
"I'm really looking forward to that game because it should be pretty
intense, and those are two of the main teams on my list."
Who else is in the mix for the 6-foot, 215-pound
Williams?
"I'm also looking hard at Florida and Clemson," he
said. "Those are the main four."
South Carolina, Georgia Tech and LSU were among his
previous favorites, but have slipped off the pace. Florida had previously
occupied the top spot on his list, but Williams indicated he may be leaning
toward the home state Bulldogs.
"First of all, it's home, and my parents would
really like me to stay and play here," he said. "I've always felt like it
would be Florida if it was just up to me, but I'm starting to think more
about that. I know a lot of people at Georgia, and I had a great time at
their camp, so there's a lot going in their favor."
Williams sounded, however, as if the Gators would
still be difficult to turn down. After all, they've made an official
scholarship offer (along with LSU); Georgia has not.
"I like the recruiting coordinator who's been
talking to me, Larry Fedora," he said. "We've developed a real good
relationship. I always enjoy talking to him, and when I think about the
atmosphere down at Florida, I can't see anything but positives."
Clemson remains in the mix due to a former West
Laurens teammate, senior linebacker Rodney Thomas.
"He's been a friend of mine, and I always hear great
things about Clemson," Williams said. "I've seen how well he's done there,
especially with their strength and conditioning program. I think if he can
be successful there, I can too."
Tennessee has turned up its interest in recent
weeks, something Williams can't ignore.
"They're a powerhouse," he said. "They've got that
winning tradition, lots of SEC championships and playing in big bowl games.
If they're interested, I definitely want to visit them and see what they're
like."
As a junior, Williams established himself as one of
the Peach State's top prospects by recording 116 tackles and five sacks en
route to Class 3A all-state honors. Four games into his senior season, he's
tallied 44 tackles and scored six touchdowns on the offensive side of the
ball.
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