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Monday, January 14, 2013
Bama leads for No. 5 DE after visit

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama was the first school to start showing interest in ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) back when he was a freshman. Now, three years later, the Crimson Tide hosted Williams on his first official visit over the weekend.

“It went good,” he said. "It was refreshing. At Alabama, I know all of the coaches, and they’ve been recruiting me since my ninth-grade year. I know Coach Nick Saban well. I know Coach [Burton] Burns well. Alabama was the first school to start looking at me, and they gave me my first offer.”

During the visit, Williams saw the academic center and the new weight room. He had breakfast with his position coach and also spent one-on-one time with Saban.

“When everybody was talking to you, it wasn’t about football, it was about life,” he said.

Although he’s listed as a defensive end, the UA coaching staff likes Williams at one of the two outside linebacker positions. According to his scouting report, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect has a very good motor and speed for his size.

“They were just talking about how much they need fast guys, a Sam [linebacker] that can hit the running back but also chase down quarterback and running backs,” Williams said. “They need guys that are fast and guys that can rush.

“Basically, I can play Jack or Sam -- the Sam more than the Jack -- but I can play both positions because of my speed.”

While in Tuscaloosa, Williams hung out with a number of Tide commitments including running back Altee Tenpenny and cornerbacks Jonathan Cook and Maurice Smith.

When he returned home to Louisiana, he had a new school at the top of his list.

“Alabama is very strong with me right now,” Williams said. “I think Alabama is probably my No. 1 school right now. It’s close to my house. My mom loved it. They really made my mom happy. She had a really good time up there.

“Miami is right there, too. I have to take that official and go see that school next weekend, but Miami really has to show me something.”

Williams plans to take his official visit to Miami next weekend, and he’s still setting up his official visit to Florida State and possibly LSU.