Williams plays a part in both the Gators offense and defense by filling in any position coach Terry Smith asks of him. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker also plays safety, wide receiver, tight end and running back for Smith.
“He can fit anything. He’s an athlete,” said Smith. “Athletes can do anything you ask them to do.”
The Gators have started the season 0-2, but missing from the Gator defense is another Terp hopeful, four-star cornerback recruit Dondi Kirby who is out most of the season recovering from a torn ACL.
While Williams is a solid linebacker for Smith, he steps up to any task handed to him. His athleticism allows him to be an impact player on both sides of the ball for the Gators. His ability to play multiple positions has attracted many colleges’s attention.
Williams is being recruited as a football player by many teams, but has narrowed his list down to three schools; Maryland, Purdue and Iowa. The Terps are the only one of the three primarily recruiting him as a linebacker. The other schools are interested in his services as a wide receiver.
“I think he’s a kid that would possibly redshirt his freshman year, and then be a major contributor thereafter,” said Smith. “He’s extremely athletic and has a lot of potential. He’s only going to get bigger, stronger and faster.”
Williams was named to the Chesapeake Bowl roster earlier this month, where he will help the North on December 30th against the South. It’s another reason he trains so hard.
“He lifts and works out, and does all the necessary things to make himself better,” said Smith. “He’s a good worker, and his work ethic isn’t ever questioned.”
Smith says Williams is keeping his options open for next year and has not been to College Park yet, although he will be planning a visit.
“He’s just worried about playing his senior year before he makes a decision,” said Smith. “He’s a good kid that works hard, and leads by example.”