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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Top DE Williams has news, but not that

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Reports and rumors circulated Tuesday that ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) would make an announcement Friday on local radio regarding where he was going to school.

Turns out, Williams had news Tuesday, but not the news that was circulating.

"It's not true," he said of the reported radio announcement. "But my recruitment is starting to come around."

Which means if fans want to catch the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Williams on a weekend in the next month, the best bet is to look for him in Tuscaloosa, Coral Gables, Tallahassee or the same Baton Rouge campus he attends now. University Lab is a private college prep school located on the LSU campus. The Cubs' stadium sits behind LSU's football practice facility, and Williams counts as teammates the sons of several LSU coaches, including head coach Les Miles.

Williams said he will visit Alabama this weekend, LSU on Jan. 18, Florida State on Jan. 25 and Miami on Feb. 1. He said a decision will come shortly after his visits.

That's a slight tweak to his original schedule. He was tentatively set for Miami on Jan. 18 but moved LSU into that spot, meaning Miami gets to make the last impression.

Williams is coming off a week at the Under Armour All American Game where he said he learned a lot about what he's going to have to be able to do at the next level.

"It was fun," he said. "In Baton Rouge, you don't play against those 6-6, 6-7 linemen every week. I feel I learned a lot."

One thing he has learned is that while he's slender for a defensive end, putting on a ton of weight is not the inevitable outcome of his future.

"If I play end, I can go to college and they'll put the weight on me," he said. "But if I want to play outside linebacker, all I have to do is put 10-15 pounds on."

The talk of being a pass-rushing outside linebacker might make three of the four teams he's visiting nervous, considering all but Alabama use a 4-3 base. But Williams said he is not opposed to playing a 4-3 rush end.

"I'm open to both," he said. "I'm going to be a rush end who can also drop into pass coverage and cover the flats."

Williams said he knows he can run fast enough to be a dangerous rush end, saying, "I ran a 4.5 without any track training."

He's fast, but he's also taking his time, and his visits.