Friday, February 15, 2013
Introducing the class: Tim Williams
By Greg Ostendorf
Editor's note: This is a series introducing Alabama's 2013 recruiting class that will continue to run after signing day.
Tim Williams has known he wanted to play for Alabama since ninth grade.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the second consecutive year, Alabama stole the top player in Louisiana away from LSU. Last year it was five-star safety Landon Collins, and this year it’s Tim Williams, a native of Baton Rouge. Williams played defensive end in high school and at the Under Armour All-America Game, but he’s expected to play outside linebacker, primarily the Sam linebacker position, for the Crimson Tide.
Q: What made you sign with Alabama?
A: It was the first school that started recruiting me my ninth-grade year, and the opportunity to play linebacker, I really like that.
Q: What has life been like since your commitment?
A: Life’s been good, but as far as my hometown, you can kind of tell what it’s been like. People are not showing love anymore, ever since I committed to Alabama, but I mean I knew that was going to happen. I never knew it could be like this to where they control the newspapers and stuff like that. They control what they say in newspapers. At the same time, I’ve got my family behind me and the Lord behind me -- who can be against me? That’s all that matters right now. I really like my decision. I really like the people in Tuscaloosa. They’re great fans.
Q: When did you first meet Coach Saban? What was that like?
A: I met Coach Saban my ninth-grade year. He came to my school. It was a dream come true. Alabama was the first school that I wanted to get recruited by, them and Miami. That year, that’s when Alabama had beat Texas. I came up there my ninth-grade year. I showed out at the camp, and Saban spoke to me in his office -- he said they were going to start recruiting me and watching me. They offered me right there.
Q: What’s your favorite Alabama memory to this point?
A: To this point, it was when I thought LSU had the game won, but AJ McCarron drove all the way down, threw that screen and T.J. Yeldon scored. I went to that game. I thought that was the biggest game I can think of between the two.
Q: What’s your goal when you get to Alabama?
A: My goal is to be the best player I can be, be the best student-athlete I can be and be the best overall teammate. I want to learn from older and wiser men like Coach Nick Saban, Coach [Burton] Burns and the rest of the staff. My position coach, Coach [Lance] Thompson, just learn everything I can from him and basically be part of the family. That’s what I want to be.
Q: Do you have a favorite play or memory from high school?
A: One of my favorite memories of high school is making it to the semis my junior year when we played Calvary. I had never made it that far in the playoffs, and that was a big game. That was one of those games where the score didn’t reflect the game or who won. We ended up losing by a field goal, but we shot our own self in the foot that game.
Favorite food: Chicken
Dream car: Aston Martin
Number at Alabama: 7
Favorite NFL player: Patrick Willis
Dream vacation: Jamaica
Hobby: I like to hoop.
"I actually started playing football my ninth-grade year. That was my first year playing football. I was a basketball player all the way up until my freshman year in high school. I gave that up, but I hoop from time to time with my friends."
Music before a game: I listen to local hip-hop rappers in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.