Monday, January 21, 2013
Williams: Visit report a 'misunderstanding'
By Radi Nabulsi
Georgia Class of 2014 running back commit Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./Georgia Walton Academy) said a recent report indicating he had visited Notre Dame this weekend was "a big misunderstanding" and that he did not visit the South Bend, Ind., campus.
"It was just a big misunderstanding," Williams said. "I just don't want people to think I have a bad reputation of lying or saying where I am going and things like that. But I told them I wasn't going to be able to make it, because I had a basketball game. When they texted me and asked if I was going, I said I was supposed to go, but some other things came up. We had a game on Saturday, and I wasn't able to make it.”
Williams said he was contacted Saturday by a number of reporters asking if he was on campus, visiting Notre Dame for its Junior Day.
"I told them that I wasn't able to make it," he said. "Before I told them that I wasn't going, someone said that they had seen me there, but I wasn't really there, so it has gotten blown all out of proportion."
Williams' father, Stanley Williams Sr., also confirmed that his son did not make the trip. "If we were to go someplace, we would do it right," the elder Williams said. "We certainly wouldn't tell a lie about nothing."
However, Williams was at a loss to explain quotes attributed to him in which he described his visit to Notre Dame.
"Those are incorrect," Williams said. "I never told anyone I was going anywhere I wouldn't be. I approach the media well, and I tell the truth about my recruitment."
Pressed on where the quotes came from, Williams said of the reporters, "Well, I can't really say what they did and what they didn't [do]."
Williams maintains he is still committed to Georgia. "Most definitely I am a Dawg," Williams said. "Nothing has changed my mind so far in the recruiting process."
However, he told DawgNation on Dec. 27, "My commitment is obviously not as strong as it was before, when I first committed, because of the running backs they have now and [recruiting coordinator Rodney] Garner leaving. It definitely had an effect on how I feel now, but we have a while to go so we will just see what happens."
In that same interview, Williams expressed interest in Auburn, where Garner now coaches, Clemson and Alabama.