File this one under: Nothing to see here…for now. 2014 defensive prospect Andrew Williams is getting some late, in-state, attention from the Georgia Bulldogs.
Williams, who recently stated he’s essentially down to Auburn and Clemson as his top two schools, is considering taking an official visit to Athens this weekend, and could potentially make an unofficial visit before then—weather permitting. However, with Clemson and Auburn holding a large lead, it’s tough to imagine the Bulldogs having much of a shot, and of course there’s these statements made by Williams in late October 2013:
“I still hear from Georgia,” Williams said. “They still hit me up often to see how everything is going. They keep in touch. They don’t want to burn any bridges, they’re keeping a good relationship.”
Would Williams consider an official visit to UGA? “Probably not. No, sir. They kind of showed up late with recruiting me in the beginning. The new coach (Chris Wilson) came in, and we established a good relationship, but … I feel like the other schools are a better fit for me.” (Michael Carvell, AJC)
Of course now, neither the guy who ignored him (Rodney Garner, now at Auburn), nor Chris Wilson (now at USCw), are on the Georgia staff; and Pruitt, Georgia’s new DC, developed a good relationship with Williams when he served in the same capacity at Florida State.
The Bulldogs have been trying to make a late push. At this point, Williams isn’t sure how much interest he has in Georgia.
That said, anything is possible in the recruiting game—as you know.
Williams, a 4* defensive end, is 6’4, 251 lbs, and still has room to grow into his frame. He’s a beast in one-on-one situations, exhibits good burst out of his stance, and has the ability to power through a block to penetrate the backfield. He does need to be coached up on how to better use his hands to get more out of his shed technique, but there is plenty of potential there to roll the dice on him—he’s a load up front and could grow into a hell of a football player in the right hands.
Again, it’s a long shot, but the coaching staff is hoping the new look of the staff, coupled with Williams’ familiarity with Pruitt, will be the difference.