NCF On The Trail: Arthur Williams


SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Carolinas consistently have proved to be one of the top areas in the nation to find gridiron talent. These two states in recent years have produced players like current Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall player in the 2011 class, and Georgia RB Todd Gurley. For the 2014 class, 22 players from these two states are represented in the ESPN 300, and several of them are taking part in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas here this week.


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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Saturday was check-in day for the 77th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. The game, which will be played Dec. 21, features many of the top prospects from North and South Carolina. Upon checking in, some prospects with their recruitment still in the balance filled us in on the latest.

Wideman remains committed, undecided
The recruitment of ESPN 300 defensive tackle Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda High) continues to be up for grabs.


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DL Arthur Williams commits to FSU

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With the rumors of a potential decommitment surrounding defensive lineman Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda), Florida State has added to its defensive line class just in case.

The Seminoles landed a commitment from 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive tackle Arthur Williams (Fayetteville, N.C./E.E. Smith) on Tuesday.

Williams camped at Florida State over the summer, so the defensive coaching staff got a good look at what he brings to the table. Williams can play on both sides of the football, but FSU has grown to love big athletes like him on the defensive side of the ball.

There were some questions about Williams' academics, which could explain why he only has three offers, but it appears that he has been improving in that area.

Other teams such as Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State and South Carolina have been monitoring his progress, too.

ESPN ranks Williams as a three-star prospect but the scouts love his ability to play against the run. They also note that he has more work to do physically to become a more complete defensive lineman against anything the offense wants to throw at him.

Williams becomes the Seminoles 25th commitment for the 2014 cycle and the sixth player classified as a defensive tackle, though players like Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) will probably start out at defensive end.

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