- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
TideNation sat down with Florida athlete Eddie Williams to get his thoughts on Alabama’s national title run and other topics. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior is the No. 1 athlete in the country and ranked No. 9 overall in the ESPNU 150. He was the first commitment in Alabama’s 2012 recruiting class.
How did it feel watching Alabama take home the national championship?
Watching that national championship, deep down inside I was like “Ahh, man.” Being this close and them getting the ring this year – I just wish I was there. It’s the best feeling watching them get the title.
What did you think of former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain leaving for Colorado State?
I didn’t try to think too much about it. We’ve had a few guys leave this year.
Do you go to campus trying to make an immediate impact?
I’m not looking to start my freshman year. I’m just looking to get better and better myself.
Where do you think you need to improve?
I just want to get better in every aspect. I just want to have the whole mindset of trying to be the best of the best.
Three Alabama receivers will graduate this year, leaving a lot of room on the depth chart. Does it excite you to know there might be some opportunity if you do prove yourself early?
I’m looking to go up against all the top guys. I don’t want to go and just start because of who left. I want to go there and work and show I can start, basically earn my position.
Who are some of the other recruits you’ve become close with?
At the All-America game we had a few commit there and I bonded with them a lot. Amari Cooper, Brandon Greene, Cyrus Jones, we all had a strong bond. That was really good.
After winning two championships in three years, expectations are high at Alabama. Do you take that as a challenge to win right away?
That reputation is why I committed so early. I’m ready for the class of 2012 to just stand out among all the other classes that have come through.
2dJeremy Crabtree and Brandon Chatmon