- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
It's been a couple of years since Tre Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul's Episcopal) last stepped foot on Florida State's campus. That's about to change.
This Saturday, Williams will head to Tallahassee to watch the Seminoles as they open their season against Murray State. It will be the first time he's seen Florida State play in person.
"I haven't been to Florida State since my freshman year," Williams said. "So I am excited to see it again and I haven't visited in a while. I am excited to meet the rest of the coaches and also to meet my recruiting coach, Dameyune Craig. I also have never really seen them play, so that will be a good opportunity to see them."
Craig, FSU's quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator, has had documented success in Alabama, getting some of the state's top recruits away from the in-state powers. Seeing Williams' potential at an early age, Craig offered a scholarship to the 2014 linebacker during his freshman year.
Williams and Craig, a former standout quarterback at Auburn, have had a good relationship ever since.
"Coach Craig is a real good coach, a good guy," Williams said. "When I talk to him, he tells me how bad they want me and he wants me to come to some games. He wants me to see how the atmosphere is on game days and how exciting it is. He wants me to come up and have fun."
Williams already has offers from top programs from coast to coast. But only five Southeast programs reside in his top group. The Seminoles are the only one outside of the SEC.
"My top group is basically -- it is real hard to decide," he said. "Normally I would have a top five, which are Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Florida and LSU."
He never expected all of this to happen, really. Williams continued to work hard and saw his time investment come to fruition.
"I look at it like a blessing," Williams said. "Being a young football player, I am striving to be the best and putting the offers to the side and just playing football and staying humble. I think that is what some of the colleges like about me. I put my team first instead of me as an individual. I have to make my team better and then I will get better.
"But I am really excited to have these offers because I am young. I never thought I would have experienced this, but it just came."
Williams will be busy this fall. Besides Florida State, he does plan on taking a couple more visits, time permitting.
"I know I am going up to Alabama for some games and I am going to Auburn for some games, but other than that, I really don't know," he said.
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