January 5, 2009

Williams set for two big visits

Alex Williams got some advice from his big brother that has helped him tremendously in the recruiting process.

Williams, a talented, articulate defensive end from Tallahassee (FAMU High), Fla., was flattered by scholarship offers from schools that he wasn't really interested in attending. His big brother, former Arkansas and NFL wide receiver Boo Williams, told him to tell the coaches from those programs that he wanted to discuss his opportunities with his family before making any decisions.

"(Boo) said they'd have to respect that," Alex Williams said. "After he told me that, it got easier. He was right."

However, that's not going to make a phone call that Williams will have to make in the next month any easier. Williams, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound three-star prospect as rated by Rivals.com, has narrowed his choices to two. He'll visit Arkansas on Friday and travel to Ole Miss on Jan. 23 before making a decision.

Williams is enamored with both programs. Williams grew up cheering for Arkansas due to his brother's presence there. Williams said Sunday he likes the setting that's offered at Arkansas and he likes Hog assistant Paul Petrino.

"He's straight-forward and he doesn't sugarcoat anything," Williams said.

Ole Miss, meanwhile, offers Williams some familiar faces. Tallahassee native and Ole Miss assistant Chris Vaughn is heading up the Rebels' recruitment of Williams, and Alex Williams is very familiar with Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, who coached Boo at Arkansas.

"(Boo) said the coaches at Ole Miss will take care of me and treat me like family," Williams said. "Coach Vaughn is from Tallahassee, so he sees a lot of things the same way I do."

Williams, who recorded 19 quarterback sacks as a senior, is also a standout in basketball. He missed most of Ole Miss' AT&T Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech Friday _ Williams saw the second quarter of the Rebels' 47-34 win, commenting, "It was a heck of a quarter. I like the way Ole Miss plays. They play hard and fast." _ to go to basketball practice. In FAMU High's most recent game, a win over East Gadsden, Williams scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds. He's hoping for an opportunity to play both sports at the college level.

Williams said he's yet to speak to Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy or his Arkansas counterpart, John Pelphrey, about his college future on the hardwood.

"That's one of the things I want to do on my visits," Williams said.

The decision, one that Williams doesn't plan to announce until National Signing Day on Feb. 4, will ultimately come down to a feeling, something his big brother said will come when the time is right.

"He said he knows I'll make the right decision," Williams said. "It's going to come down to how I feel. I've going to spend the next four years of my life there. It won't be a difficult decision, because once I make it, I'll put my energy into that place."

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